COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - A person was killed Wednesday at the Ohio State Fair after a ride called the Fire Ball malfunctioned, sending several riders flying through the air.
According to the Columbus Division of Fire, the malfunction took place Wednesday around 7:30 p.m.
The Fire Ball has several arms, which are holding separate clustered areas for riders to sit. Video of the incident appears to show one of the arms, on a down pendulum swing, hit a guard rail and detach, sending one section of seated riders flying through the air.
Officials say some riders flew as many as 20 to 30 feet in the air before crash landing.
In addition to the fatality, seven were injured. Two of those seven suffered minor injuries. Five people were considered to be in critical condition after the crash.
Wednesday was the first day of the fair. The event, held in Columbus, runs through Aug. 6.
The Ohio Department of Agriculture is responsible for ride inspections. Agriculture officials say there were several rides that were not open at the fair on Wednesday, as they had not yet passed the necessary tests.
Gov. John Kasich said the Fire Ball had been inspected several times.
Agriculture officials say the Fire Ball is referred to as a spectacular piece, or a ride that takes several trucks to assemble. They said there were no red flags during the assembly of the Fire Ball this year.
"I am terribly saddened by this accident, by the loss of life and that people were injured enjoying Ohio's fair," said Kasich. "Our thoughts and prayers go out to those grieving and injured. I have ordered a full investigation into this incident and have ordered that all fair rides be shut down until additional safety inspections can be completed."
Though all rides have been shut down until further notice, the fair will be open Thursday.