The circus rolling into town usually generates exhilaration, but the Cirque du Soleil's arrival on Monday afternoon caused thrills for a different reason.
Two of the acrobatic show's semi truck and trailers caused alarm when they were spotted crossing the Red Bridge to get to their destination at the Interior Savings Centre.
The weight of just one semi tractor without a trailer surpasses the bridge's clearly marked 4,000-kilogram limit, according to Glenn Taylor, district manager of Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement (CVSE).
"I already went and talked to our bridge guy," said Taylor in response to a witness report. "He's already very concerned so he'll probably be out there having a look."
The extremely narrow bridge barely clears two pickup trucks crossing paths, much less a semi and other vehicles.
And, in fact, the southbound semi trucks caused oncoming traffic to back up onto Lorne Street, according to one witness.
Roy Fuller, who was waiting in backed up traffic to cross the bridge, watched one truck and trailer drive off the bridge and turn right onto Lorne Street before picking up his phone to take a shot of a second.
He said he was stunned when the first truck crossed but couldn't believe it when another one arrived.
"A motorcycle drove onto the bridge and about 10 seconds later I saw him backing up. I was like, 'Oh, what's happening now?' And I see another truck coming across, and I was like, 'Really?!'"
In the six years Taylor's worked in the Kamloops CVSE, he's never heard of a semi crossing the bridge.
He said the offence is so serious people witnessing a semi crossing the bridge could justifiably call 911. Barring that the public can also report commercial vehicle issues directly to his office at 250-371-3807.
"There's so many safety issues," he said. "The restriction of the bridge is one thing in itself, but the traffic problems that it can create… that's crazy."
On Tuesday, Fuller spotted trailers with the same identification numbers parked in the Interior Savings Centre lot where Cirque du Soleil is performing tonight through Sunday.
A Cirque du Soleil truck driver at the Interior Savings Centre who did not provide a name told a Daily News staff member that he heard about other drivers crossing the bridge and causing traffic to have to back up.
The show's spokesperson, Jessica Leboeuf, said the lead driver wasn't aware of any such incidents, but wasn't discounting the possibility that one of the outsourced drivers took the wrong way in.
"The lead driver has been here before with (Cirque du Soleil show) Allegria so he knows about the Red Bridge and the restrictions, and he gave them instructions," said Leboeuf.
The company is trying to contact the 12 drivers, who left after dropping off their trailers Monday, to determine whether any of them did defy the restrictions.