Ohio State Fair rides close after deadly accident kills 1 man, 7 others injured

COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO) - The Ohio State Fair is open Thursday without operating rides, a day after one person was killed and seven others were injured when one of the fair's attractions broke apart.

Moments before the incident, the ride known as "Fire Ball" was operating normally, swinging and spinning back and forth. Video captured by witnesses and shared on social media Wednesday night shows that part of the attraction appears to hit a guard rail and flies off mid-ride, flinging several of the riders from the swing. Officials say some of the riders were as high as 30 feet in the air.

Columbus Battalion Chief Steve Martin said 18-year-old Tyler Jarrell was killed as a result of the accident. Seven other people were injured and taken to the hospital, including two riders with critical injuries and one in serious condition. The victims range in age from 13 to 41.

According to safety reports, Fire Ball passed all necessary inspections. Ohio Director of Agriculture David Daniels said all of the rides are checked numerous times prior to set-up and before operation.

Officials from the Ohio State Fair released a statement regarding the deadly incident:

"Our hearts are heavy for the families of those involved in last night's tragic accident. We have shut down all rides until the state has inspected each and every ride again and deemed them to be safe. Gates will open at 9 am and other activities will resume as scheduled."

Investigators remained on the scene overnight trying to figure out how the attraction fell apart in the middle of a ride. Ohio Governor John Kasich is scheduled to tour the fairgrounds Thursday morning.

Amusements of America, which operates the ride, says the ride was debuted in 2002 and has become one of their most popular rides.

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