Amusement park rides have been closed at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, Ohio after a ride broke apart and caused a fatality and a varying range of personal injuries for seven individuals on opening day. On Wednesday night around 7:24 pm, the incident occurred when a ride called the Fire Ball malfunctioned while in the middle of a swinging motion, and broke apart, ejecting several riders. One rider, an 18-year-old man, sustained fatal injuries, three riders sustained critical injuries, one rider is in serious condition, and three other individuals were released from the hospital. Although the state fair is currently open until August 6, all rides have been shut down until additional safety inspections are complete.
More than 10 rides did not pass safety inspections at the Ohio State Fair and have not opened. Despite receiving numerous inspections by a third-party safety inspector, the Fire Ball caused a catastrophic accident, and prompted state fairs in California, Illinois, and New Jersey to close similar rides. The Monroe, New Jersey company who brought the Fire Ball to the fair is working with experts to determine why the ride malfunctioned, and if the ride may have contained a defective part or manufacturing error in its design.
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