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PostPosted: Sun Dec 24, 2017 3:27 pm
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A few months ago, there was an incident at the Ohio State Fair where a supporting arm on a ride broke, causing the ride to crash, and injuring some of the riders and killing one of them.

This incident has had an impact on me, because I've ridden that ride. It is named "Fireball"; it is very common at state fairs. That type of ride is known as a "frisbee" ride; it has riders seated in a circle and it rotates and swings at the same time.

I first rode that ride when I went to the Ohio State Fair in 2003. It was very memorable; it is one of my favorite ride types. The way it combines rotary and pendulum motion results in a dynamic and varied ride experience.



Here is a video of the ride in normal operation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZT8lD_8yKeg



Here is a video of the accident:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cd8J7X3zHxY



And here is a video of the aftermath of the accident:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YJJgRQjvO8c



Some amusement parks have "giant" frisbee rides. Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio has one, named "maXair". I had ridden maXair about a week before this incident.
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Every time I read about incidents like this, I become thankful that I never got into amusement rides like this. I never "dug" the ferris wheel or roller coaster, and time hasn't done much to change my mind. But I do know how it feels to adore something for years on end, and then a tragedy occurs that stops you from ever looking at it the same ever again. My sympathies go out to everyone who was on that ride ... and everyone who has to endure the aftermath of it.
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