Are the rides safe? What inspectors check before the state fair opens

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The Fire Ball ride will not be coming to the Queen City Ex following a fatal accident involving the same ride at the Ohio State Fair.

"Connie and I are deeply saddened by this bad tragedy at our beloved State Fair".

The midway said they have not had an issue with the Fire Ball since they first got it in 2001. That ride previously was stationed at the State Fair Meadowlands in East Rutherford, but no incidents were reported with the ride at that time. He said he had heard about the accident in OH, but he was more concerned with the price of the ticket rather than the safety of the ride.

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

Skyler Addington and a group of friends came from Greeley on Friday to hang out at the county fair and was considering whether or not to buy tickets for some rides.

Tyler Jarrell, 18, of Columbus, Ohio, was identified by the Ohio State Highway Patrol as the person killed in the accident. Jonathan Lock has been coming to the fair since he was 8 years old.

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The ride's Dutch manufacturer has told operators of the attraction at fairs and festivals worldwide to stop using it until more is learned about what caused the malfunction. It says the investigators will work with police and other agencies.

The Kentucky State Fair's ride provider, North American Midway Entertainment, owns three of the Fire Ball thrill rides, spokeswoman Amy Girton said. Ohio Department of Agriculture records provided to The Associated Press showed passing marks on inspections of about three dozen items, including possible cracks, brakes, proper assembly and installation.

The ride involved in the fatality was made in 1998 by KMG, a Danish company.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is also investigating. None has had a serious malfunction before, the company said in an email to the AP.

Still, it must be explained what went so wrong Wednesday, especially since Ohio's county fair season is underway.

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