An amusement ride is being pulled out of the Wisconsin State Fair after the Fire Ball ride malfunctioned at the Ohio State Fair, killing one and injuring seven on July 28.
"Wisconsin State Fair Park Chairman of the Board, John Yingling, along with Kathleen O’Leary, Wisconsin State Fair Park CEO, have made the decision to not have the Freak Out at the 2017 Wisconsin State Fair," read a statement from the Wisconsin State Fair.
The Freak Out is similar to the Fire Ball, and due to the accident in Ohio the state fair decided to pull the ride out of the lineup due to the sensitivity of the situation.
The Fire Ball was never scheduled to make an appearance at the Wisconsin State Fair.
Kristi Chuckel, communications director for the state fair, said manufacturers have asked anyone who has the Fire Ball to cease operating the ride.
The Freak Out wasn't one of them, but it was pulled from the fair's lineup "out of respect for the families and the victims."
Rides at the state fair undergo three-point inspections by the International Leisure Consulting, Inc., a company that specializes in safety checks of amusement rides. State inspectors and ride operators evaluate the rides daily.
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The inspection process isn't something new to the Wisconsin State Fair and the selection process for which rides are featured at the fair is split between multiple companies and owners.
"We take a lot of time to piece that midway together and really bring in the best rides (and) the newer rides. We work with operators who have a history of being good operators, good owners (with) good safety records,” Chuckel said.
The communications director said rides go down for several different reasons even if something just doesn't feel right.
"We are very diligent about it,” she said.
She also said that a ride shut down can happen even if there isn't anything wrong with the ride itself, such as a medical condition like a seizure or heart attack.
“We might have to shut down a ride if something like that were to happen just to make sure everything is okay," she said. "It may have nothing to do with the ride itself. Then again, if a ride goes down, we always do inspections before it goes back up.”
You can learn more about the fair at its website.