The "catastrophic failure" of a thrill ride that broke apart in July at the Ohio State Fair, killing one person and injuring seven others, stemmed from excessive corrosion in a support beam, its manufacturer said on Sunday.
North American Midway Entertainment, which is not a provider of the Ohio State Fair rides, said in a statement Thursday that "due to the tragic incident. we will keep all our Fire Ball rides closed until further notice from the manufacturer for precautionary safety measures". The organization said it led an examination concerning the episode, which incorporated a visit to the scene and an audit of video film of the occurrence.
Seven other people were injured. The Fire Ball has seats in a circular configuration at the end of an arm that swings riders in a pendulum motion. Jarrell's family has hired an attorney to possibly pursue a wrongful death lawsuit. A similar ride at the Orange County Fair in California was also shut down to undergo a re-inspection after the OH incident, ABC station KABC in Los Angeles said. Sunday was the fair's last day.
Video taken by a bystander of the swinging, spinning Fire Ball ride in action captured a crashing sound.
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The Dutch company ordered similar rides to be shutdown and checked thoroughly worldwide. The statement said the company is working with industry safety experts to develop an inspection protocol.
Amusements of America, the company that provides rides to the state fair, said its staff also had inspected the ride.
North American Midway Entertainment, which is not a supplier of the Ohio State Fair rides, said in an announcement Thursday that "because of the awful occurrence ... we will keep all our Fire Ball rides shut until the point when additionally see from the maker for preparatory wellbeing measures".