The Indiana State Fair will not operate the Fire Ball ride at this year's event, after that ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday night, killing one man and injuring seven others. "During the winter months each piece of equipment undergoes extensive scrutiny".
"Those reports and investigations usually take some time and we're committed not to open the Fire Ball until we do receive those reports and manufacturer recommendations".
The Fire Ball, sold by the company under the name Afterburner, is a mechanical ride that swings passengers up to 20 metres into the air while spinning at 15 revolutions per minute, according to the company's website. "We are now gathering information on the accident and investigating the cause and circumstances of the accident".
Edmonton's annual K-Days fair closed the amusement ride on Wednesday evening and Toronto's Canadian National Exhibition said the attraction would not be included at its upcoming fair in August.
The Beach Blaster and other shuttered rides are similar to the Fire Ball.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has issued an order prohibiting all Fireball amusement rides, the same ride that was involved in a deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair, from operating in the state of Tennessee.
According to Erickson, more than a dozen ride inspectors will examine each ride at the fair beginning next Thursday.
Fair organizers in OH said the ride passed inspection hours before the accident. "It's a very popular ride. We go around and check everything and make sure the keys are put in, pins are put in and everything's in place", Mitchell explained.
"I feel like those people are in my hands", Meade County Fair president David Pace said.
But Fitzgerald says a similar style ride will be on the midway and he adds there are more than 100 like it across the country. "I just don't think I'll ever ride a ride ever again".
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