A ride at the California Mid-State Fair with similar movement to a ride that broke causing fatal injury at the Ohio State Fair has been “thoroughly re-inspected,” was found to have no issues and will continue to operate, fair officials in Paso Robles said Thursday evening.
“Upon learning of the news in Ohio, our technicians and safety team thoroughly re-inspected our Star Dancer. We found no issues with our ride and are continuing to operate it. We will continue our policy of daily inspections,” according to a written statement issued by officials with Helm and Sons Amusements, which provides the carnival rides at this year’s Mid-State Fair in Paso Robles.
The Star Dancer manufactured by Technical Park has a different structural design and is balanced, secured and built differently than the KMG Fire Ball ride that failed Wednesday night in Ohio, the statement says.
It also says that the ride was inspected by the Department of Occupational Safety and Health this year and received an A permit, the statement says.
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“All rides on Helm and Sons Amusements midway are inspected daily without exception. Any issue is immediately addressed and all inspections, maintenance and repairs are documented,” the statement says.
Amusement ride owners in other areas of California voluntarily shut down six Fire Ball rides, including one at the California State Fair, after a similar ride killed one person and injured others in Ohio.
The Cal/OSHA amusement ride unit contacted owners Wednesday evening after getting notification about the fatal ride malfunction on the Fire Ball ride in Columbus at the Ohio State Fair.
The state asked that owners close the rides, pending word from manufacturers, KMG or Chance Morgan Inc/Chance Rides Inc. or after a ride inspection by Cal/OSHA. Among the venues that shut Fire Ball rides was the one operating at Cal Expo.
Among the rides shut down in California: Another portable Fire Ball ride at the Orange County Fair, and similar rides at the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, California’s Great America in Santa Clara, Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park and Belmont Park in San Diego.
The Sacramento Bee contributed to this report.