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Fire Ball Ride Owned by NJ Company Kills One, Injures Seven

A swinging and spinning ride called the Fire Ball recently malfunctioned on opening day at the Ohio State Fair. The ride was operated by Amusements of America, a company based in Monroe, Middlesex County. The ride was described by Amusements of America as an “aggressive thrill” ride. The Fire Ball swings riders 40 feet above the midway while spinning them at 13 revolutions per minute. Dramatic video shows the ride swinging like a pendulum before hitting something on the upswing, knocking one of the cars off. The crash killed an 18-year-old man and injured seven other people. The accident led to the banning of the ride from several states. The company has since ordered the shutdown of 43 similar rides around the world. According to the operator, the ride passed inspection. Theme Park Injuries Roller coasters, bumper cars, water slides, spinning rides and other amusement park attractions send thousands of…
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