Manufacturer determines what caused OH fair ride to fail

Randolph Lopez
August 8, 2017

The deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair last month was caused by "excessive corrosion" over the 18 years the Fire Ball ride had been in operation, according to ride maker KMG.

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".

"It's been looked at about three or four times over the course of two days", chief ride inspector Michael Vartorella said in July, CNN reported.

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The accident happened on the Fireball thrill ride, when one row of seats detached from the supporting arm of the attraction while it was in motion.

KMG says it has reviewed the results of the inspection and has worked with industry safety experts to develop an inspection protocol, which will allow properly inspected and maintained rides to safely reopen.

KMG ordered all similar rides around the world shut down following the incident. He was about to begin his senior year in high school and had enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps the week before he was killed. The fair's last day was Sunday.

The family of the man who was killed is pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit in connection with the accident. The Great Allentown Fair once featured a smaller version, but it is no longer in the fair's ride package, a state official said.

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