Kentucky State Fair will not have the Fire Ball ride after Ohio accident

Herald-Leader staff report

The Fire Ball ride that broke apart in Ohio will not be used at the Kentucky State Fair, an organizer and the ride vendor said Wednesday.

North American Midway Entertainment said on Facebook it would keep all its Fire Ball rides closed “until further notice from the manufacturer for precautionary safety measures. Our thoughts and prayers are with all involved.” North American is not the ride provider at the Ohio State Fair where a stretch of seats on a Fire Ball ride broke Wednesday, killing an 18-year-old and injuring seven others, some critically.

After the accident in Ohio, North American Midway Entertainment informed organizers that a Fire Ball ride would not be used at the Kentucky State Fair, which starts Aug. 17, said Amanda Storment, a spokeswoman for Kentucky Venues.

Midway Entertainment, which has provided rides for the Kentucky State Fair for more than ten years, will likely have other attractions to replace the Fire Ball and a second canceled ride called Freakout, Storment said. Inspectors with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture will check each ride at the fair daily.

The Indiana State Fair announced it also would not have the ride available, according to The Associated Press. That fair runs from Aug. 4 to the 20.

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