Local, state inspectors to check all rides at Wis. Valley Fair

Local, state inspectors to check all rides at Wis. Valley Fair

Following a deadly accident at a fair in OH, organizers for the Wisconsin Valley Fair said both local and state inspectors will check all rides before they are opened to the public on Tuesday.

The Fire Ball features several pods that revolve up to 13 times per second up to 40 feet in the air.

Kaylie Bellomy, who had been waiting to board the Fire Ball, said: 'It was at its highest point and I saw somebody fall on the ride and then a minute later the whole row of seats fell off and hit the ground'.

A malfunction on the Fire Ball ride at the Ohio State Fair Wednesday was responsible for the death of one rider and injury of seven others.

In Ontario, amusement park ride safety is overseen by Technical Safety and Standards Authority.

"We are saddened by the tragedy at the Ohio State Fair, and our thoughts are with those involved", Ludy said. Some other rides were due to stay closed until safety checks had been made. Officials do not yet know the accident's cause. It had successfully passed inspection before the Ohio State Fair opened.

The company that operates the rides at Edmonton's K-Days festival says people on the midway have every reason to feel safe.

In a statement provided to CBC News, the department of Municipal Affairs said the Fire Ball will not be permitted to operate in Alberta until the findings of the OH incident are released.

North American Midway Entertainment, which provides the CNE with its rides, has decided that the Fire Ball, which is manufactured by a Holland-based company, will not be put back into circulation at any of its fairs until the ride's safety can be assured.

The statement said the government will evaluate those findings to determine whether the ride will be allowed to return to Alberta.

The CNE said the rides are also inspected by third-party safety engineers.The 18-day event will run from August 18 to September 4.

"Riding amusement devices in Ontario is very safe", he added.

Some Edmontonians said they had heard about the fatality in OH but continued to go on the rides at K-Days.

Formerly known as Klondike Days, K-Days is an annual 10-day exhibition held in Edmonton at the end of July.

Ippolito said if anything, he felt better knowing the North American Midway Entertainment company had taken steps to close down the Fire Ball while the manufacturer looks at the issue.



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