5 state fair carnival rides in Ohio shut down, 1 permanently


COLUMBUS (AP) — The state has closed five rides at the Ohio State Fair, with one permanently shut down because of “visible corrosion.”

Dorothy Pelanda is director of the Ohio Department of Agriculture, which oversees the fair. She said Thursday the four other rides could be re-opened after minor repairs.

The Columbus Dispatch reports Pelanda permanently shut down a Ferris wheel-type ride known as “Military Base” because it showed “visible corrosion.” A message seeking comment on the announcement was left with the company that operates the rides.

The state earlier this year replaced about 100 chairs on the fair’s overhead SkyGlider and added a braking system.

An 18-year-old man was killed and seven people hurt when the spinning, swinging Fire Ball ride broke apart in July 2017.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com