Terrible moment: Huge bull escapes at Florida rodeo and jumps into crowd with pen

Terrible moment: Giant bull escapes with a pen and leaps into crowd before charging through stadium at Florida rodeo

  • The incident happened at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday and was caught on video
  • The man filming said the animal was being placed in an enclosure to prepare for its run when it swerved out the side and bounded toward the crowded stands
  • “Everyone was in a hurry, the parents grabbed their children. People jumped over the chairs. The first thing that came to mind was say record it,” he said
  • The video continues and shows the bull rampaging out of his chute into the crowd and around the stadium
  • Luckily one of the rodeo cowboys was on horseback and took over the situation by lassoing the bull. Nobody was injured

A Florida rodeo crowd got a little more than they expected last weekend when one of the bulls broke free and ran through the stadium.

The incident happened at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday and was caught on video.

Christopher Thornton, who filmed the raging bull, said the animal was being put in a pen preparing to run when it swerved sideways and bounded towards the crowded stands.

Christopher Thornton, who filmed the raging bull, said the animal was being put in a pen preparing to run when it swerved sideways and bounded towards the crowded stands

Christopher Thornton, who filmed the raging bull, said the animal was being put in a pen preparing to run when it swerved sideways and bounded towards the crowded stands

The incident happened at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday and was caught on video

The incident happened at the Florida State Fairgrounds on Saturday and was caught on video

“Everyone was in a hurry, the parents grabbed their children. People jumped over the chairs. First thing in my head said to record it. I couldn't believe this was happening at my first rodeo!” said Thornton

“Everyone was in a hurry, the parents grabbed their children. People jumped over the chairs. First thing in my head said to record it. I couldn’t believe this was happening at my first rodeo!” said Thornton

The video continues and shows the bull rampaging out of his chute into the crowd and around the stadium

The video continues and shows the bull rampaging out of his chute into the crowd and around the stadium

Thornton told Fox 13: “Everyone was in a rush, the parents were grabbing their kids. People jumped over the chairs.

“The first thing that went into my head was to record it. I couldn’t believe this was happening at my first rodeo!’

The video continues and shows the bull rampaging out of his chute into the crowd and around the stadium.

Luckily one of the rodeo cowboys was on horseback and took over the situation by lassoing the bull

Luckily one of the rodeo cowboys was on horseback and took over the situation by lassoing the bull

Thornton said:

Thornton said: “Everybody just started clapping. Honestly, if he couldn’t catch the bull, more chaos would definitely have happened. Nobody was injured

A person can be heard over the rodeo’s PA system telling guests, many of whom were audibly shouting, to remain quiet.

Luckily one of the rodeo cowboys was on horseback and took over the situation by lassoing the bull.

Thornton said: “Everybody just started clapping. Honestly, if he couldn’t catch the bull, more chaos would definitely have happened.

No one was injured by the bull before he was returned to his pen.

Organizers, the Gus Trent Horse Ranch, declined to comment, while the Florida State Fairgrounds did not respond to a request for comment.

A Florida rodeo crowd got a little more than they expected last weekend when one of the bulls broke free and ran through the stadium

A Florida rodeo crowd got a little more than they expected last weekend when one of the bulls broke free and ran through the stadium

A person can be heard over the rodeo's PA system telling guests, many of whom were audibly shouting, to remain quiet

A person can be heard over the rodeo’s PA system telling guests, many of whom were audibly shouting, to remain quiet

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