You will NEVER want to go to another state fair after seeing this horrifying video. The ‘Fireball’ ride at the Ohio State Fair broke on July 26, flinging its passengers into the air and leaving one person dead. Click to watch the disturbing video.
This is every carnival lover’s worst fear come true. On July 26, panic erupted at the Ohio State Fair as one cart was ripped from the Fireball ride. Passengers went airborne, leaving one 18-year-old rider dead and another seven injured, three of whom are in critical condition, according to CNN. The victims range in age from 13 and 41 years old. The entire horrifying ordeal was caught on camera by onlookers. Be warned, it’s not easy to watch.
One of the ride’s carts seemed to clip a gate and fall from the rest of the ride in an instant. Most of the passengers were still strapped into the piece that broke off, but two were flung into the air, flailing their arms and legs. See pics of the horror, here. However, seeing these pictures and watching the haunting video of the ride malfunction is nothing compared to what what bystanders at he fair saw firsthand.
The horrific event, which took place on the first day of the fair, was witnessed by attendees like Rhonda Burgess‘ son, who was standing in line at the ride next to the Fireball when it malfunctioned. “The ride had five riders per cart,” she said. “This piece snapped off and the riders came out of the cart. At least two [people] flew threw the air at least 20 feet before landing on their backs on the concrete.”
The incident immediately grabbed social media attention and Ohio Gov. John Kasich took to Twitter to share his condolences and assure the public he is looking into the gruesome ordeal. “I am terribly saddened by this accident, by the loss of life and that people were injured enjoying Ohio’s fair. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those grieving and injured,” Kasich wrote. “I have ordered a full investigation into this incident and have ordered that all fair rides be shut down until additional safety inspections can be completed.”
Over 70 of the fair’s rides were to be inspected by state officials, some of which were looked at on July 25, according to CNN affiliate WSYX. The inspections were delayed by recent rainstorms, according to the outlet. “It was inspected at couple of different stages and it was signed off today,” Michael Vartorella, chief ride inspector of the Amusement Ride Safety Division, said of the ride that malfunctioned.
HollywoodLifers, would you ever ride a fair ride again after watching that video? Let us know!