Fire Ball ride pulled from Saskatoon EX after man dies in Ohio
The company in charge of the Saskatoon EX midway is pulling its Fire Ball ride after a man was killed on the same ride in Ohio on Wednesday.
North American Midway Entertainment is closing the ride until the Fire Ball manufacturer determines the cause of the Ohio ride’s failure, according to a media release sent Thursday from the Saskatoon Exhibition and Prairieland Park.
The company was not overseeing the midway at the Ohio State Fair.
“While North American Midway Entertainment is not the Midway provider at the Ohio State Fair, due to the tragic incident there this evening we will keep all our Fire Ball rides closed until further notice from the manufacturer for precautionary safety measures,” the company posted to Facebook.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved.”
The ride set up in Columbus, Ohio, broke apart during the opening day of the Ohio State Fair on Wednesday, throwing several passengers to the ground. An 18-year-old man died, and seven other people, including a 14-year-old boy, were injured.
The Dutch manufacturer of the Fire Ball ride, KMG, told The Associated Press on Thursday there are 43 such rides around the world, including 11 in the U.S. The company was not involved in maintaining the ride at the Ohio State Fair.
According to the website for Amusements of America, which operated the Fire Ball ride in Ohio, the “aggressive thrill ride” swings riders 12 metres above the midway “while spinning them at 13 revolutions per minute.”
Officials are still investigating the cause of the ride’s malfunction. It had successfully passed inspection before the Ohio State Fair opened. The fair reopened on Thursday, but all of the rides remained closed for further inspection.
The Saskatoon EX runs Aug. 8 to 13.
--- with files from CTVNews.ca and The Associated Press