McArthur Law Firm

Cause of Fire Ball Malfunction Revealed - And It's More Common Than You Think

iStock-121961016-resize-300x199.jpgThe accident at the Ohio State Fair now has an official cause.

The accident involved a swinging and spinning ride known as the Fire Ball. As the Fire Ball swung, like a pendulum, a malfunction occurred on the upswing. One of the ride's cars detached and fell to the ground, killing one and injuring several others.

The Fire Ball was an 18-year-old ride, and age may have played a part in the accident. What is known is that excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years. This led to a catastrophic failure of the ride.

The victim who died was 18 years old and had just enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps the week before the accident. One victim who survived was hospitalized in a coma.

The family of the deceased is discussing a wrongful deathlawsuit.

Failure to Inspect Rides Can Lead to Accidents

According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, the Fire Ball passed inspection on about three dozen items, including possible cracks, brakes, proper assembly and installation. The ride passed inspection three or four times before the ride opened.

Could someone be liable for this failure to notice a dangerous condition?

It is unlikely that the manufacturer of the ride will be liable, since the sale happened 18 years ago and Ohio has a ten-year cut-off for product liability.

Amusements of America, the company that operates the ride, may be liable if it can be shown that the company knew or reasonably should have known about the corrosion.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Honors & Awards

Contact Us

Contact Us For a Free Consultation

To set up a free consultation to discuss your situation with us, call 478-238-1150 or fill out our online contact form below. We are ready to get the compensation you deserve.

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy


6055 Lakeside Commons Drive
Suite 400
Macon, GA 31210

Phone: 478-238-1150
Fax: 1-478-238-6607
Map & Directions

Atlanta Office
1201 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 2000
Atlanta, GA 30361

Map & Directions