Thrill ride was OK'd hours before deadly state fair accident

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One person was killed and several others were seriously hurt after a ride malfunction at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus Wednesday, officials said. "It's just devastating", said Capt. Gerard Lennon Jr., a naval science instructor in the Junior ROTC program at Jarrell's high school. At least two were listed in critical condition.

The director of Arapahoe County Open Spaces, Shannon Carter, told KMGH-TV that the Freak Out ride was dismantled early Friday "out of an abundance of caution and out of respect for the victims" in Ohio. She doesn't remember the accident and has pelvis, ankle and rib injuries, her mother told The Columbus Dispatch.

Officials said the Fireball ride will not be operating at the Indiana State Fair when it opens next week, while Kentucky State Fair officials said they scrapped plans to include the Fireball ride at this year's event in August.

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".

Some rides and children's attractions at the Ohio State Fair rides are expected to reopen while inspections of other rides continue after a deadly accident this week. Eyewitness News Reporter Cody Butler checked out ride safety at the Troy Fair.

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He said, "That means speeds, no hitches in operations, that the emergency brake works they way it's intended to stop the ride quickly". "I got ran over trying to get out of the way". "The Fire Ball swings riders 40' above the midway while spinning them at 13 revolutions per minute!"

The ride's manufacturer, KMG, said the one at the OH fair was built in 1998 in the Netherlands.

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

A ride similar to one that broke apart at the Ohio State Fair has been removed from a county fair in suburban Denver.

Fairs and fireman's carnivals across the state have kicked off the summer season.

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