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Cause of Fire Ball Malfunction Revealed – And It’s More Common Than You Think

The 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 death lawsuit. Failure to…
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