Thrill ride owners double down on inspections after OH tragedy

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Video captured by a bystander showed the Fire Ball ride swinging back and forth like a pendulum and spinning in the air before crashing into something, with part of the ride flying off.

"It was going for a minute and it was at its highest point and I saw somebody fall on the ride, and then a minute later the whole like row of seats fell off and hit the ground", Bellomy told WCMH-TV. "I know they're always doing security checks they're always-when they strap you in they always make sure it's latched" said Lock.

On its website, Amusements of America says that since its debut in 2002, the Fire Ball has become "one of the most popular thrill rides on the AOA Midway". Tyler Jarrell is the first senior from Franklin Heights high school to enlist into the United States Marine Corps this year.

All rides at the fair remained closed while inspectors reinspected them. The ride had passed all of the necessary state inspections. Seven others were injured, ranging in ages from 14 to 42, and two were listed in critical condition Thursday, according to the AP.

State director of agriculture David Daniels said all the rides were checked several times when they were being set up. The ride's Dutch manufacturer, KMG, said the one at the OH fair was built in 1998 in the Netherlands.

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He also said if anyone notices something that doesn't seem right or has concerns about a ride, to report it to the operator or someone with the fair so the inspector can check it out.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission also is investigating.

It said there have been at least 22 fatalities associated with amusement attractions since 2010.

Still, it must be explained what went so wrong Wednesday, especially since Ohio's county fair season is underway.

State Fair officials say out of respect for the families affected by the tragedy, as well as the pending investigation into why the accident occurred, Wisconsin State Fair Park officials have made the decision to not have the Freak Out at the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair.