The victim killed in the FireBall accident at the Ohio State Fair has been identified as 18-year-old Tyler Jarrett of Columbus.the FireBall ride at the Ohio State Fair malfunctioned during the opening day, killing one person and injuring several others. The person has been identified as Jarrett.
The tragedy comes after the FireBall ride at the Ohio State Fair malfunctioned during the opening day, killing one person and injuring several others. The person has been identified as Jarrett.
Around 7:20 PM on Wednesday, July 26, The Fire Ball, which spins about 40 feet above the ground as the entire structure moves like a pendulum, broke apart while it was in motion, killing Jarrett.
Jarrett, who was thrown about 50 feet into the air, was pronounced dead at the state fair grounds as a result of the impact. The FireBall ride is operated by a company called Amusements For America.
The Fire Ball ride is operated by a company called Amusements For America. According to the Columbus Dispatch, The Fire Ball, manufactured by KMG, is billed as an “aggressive thrill” ride that swings riders like a pendulum from side to side, reaching 40 feet above the ground while spinning riders at 13 revolutions per minute, according to ride-enthusiast websites. The ride holds 24 passengers in four-seat sections at the end of six spoke arms.
Ohio State Police have identified those injured as Tamika Dunlap, 36, Russell Franks, 42, Keziah Lewis, 19, Jacob Andrews, 22, Jennifer Lambert, 18, Abdihakim Hussein, 19, and a 14-year-old whose name is not being revealed at the request of the family.
At a Wednesday night press conference, Ohio Governor John Kasich ordered the other 71 rides at the fair be shut down around 9 PM.
About The Ohio State Fair
The Ohio State Fair is one of the largest state fairs in the United States. The event is held in Columbus, Ohio in late July/early August. As estimated in a 2011 economic impact study conducted by Saperstein & Associates, the state fair contributes approximately 68.5 million dollars to the state’s economy.
In 2015, attendance was 982,305, the fair’s highest 12-day attendance on record.