OTTAWA COUNTY, MICH. - A ride called the Fire Ball broke apart, killing one person and injuring several others at the Ohio State fair Wednesday, July 26.
State licensing regulators in Michigan say other Fire Ball rides like the one in Ohio are not currently in use in Michigan, though similar rides from other manufacturers are operating at fairs and special events around the state.
Mobile amusement rides in Michigan are inspected once a year by the state.
"It's our industry's worst nightmare," said Debbie Elliott, co-owner of Elliott's Amusements.
In addition to the annual state inspections, Elliott's insurance company requires the rides pass a second yearly inspection.
"Also on a daily basis we have operators here, ride inspectors, that inspect the rides every single day," said Elliott.
Daily inspections aren't as detailed as the yearly inspection, but do involve a review of the rides major and minor parts. Daily inspections are logged. The paperwork does not have to be sent to the state, but does need to be available to state inspectors if the logs are requested.
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs says most ride injuries are caused by riders not following the rides posted rules.
State inspectors currently oversee the operation of 212 amusement companies and nearly 900-licensed carnival and amusement park rides in Michigan.
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