The state of Ohio is in shock after a ride at the annual fair snapped while swinging riders through the air.
WKYC says an 18-year-old on the Ohio State Fair's Fire Ball ride was thrown 50 feet and died after the seats snapped off Wednesday evening. Seven other people were hurt, and five were in critical condition.
Fairgoers watched the horror unfold. Twitter user @obey_jbell actually caught it on video – a warning though, it's upsetting.
Cleveland.com reports the ride had been cleared by inspectors beforehand. Ohio Gov. John Kasich shut down all the fair's rides afterward.
The rides at the Minnesota State Fair
The Fire Ball swings left and right like a pendulum, bringing people 40 feet into the air while spinning them around, according to the ride's description.
It's operated by Amusements of America, which does lots of events – such as the Ohio State Fair – across the East Coast and Midwest.
The Fire Ball is not scheduled to be at the Minnesota State Fair's Mighty Midway this year, and it's never been there in the past, the fair said in an email statement to GoMN Thursday.
You can see the Get-Together's 2017 ride list here. It shows eight rides that have the same name as ones supplied by Amusements of America. When asked if those rides are from that operator, the State Fair said:
"Amusements of America is not a ride provider or operator for the Minnesota State Fair."
The fair then provided a list of the operators for 2017 at the Midway and Kidway, noting some manufacturers build the same (or similar) rides, and many undergo name changes.
The Amusements of America events schedule also does not list the Minnesota State Fair.
The Minnesota State Fair, in its initial statement, emphasized the importance of safety.
"The Minnesota State Fair has a rigorous ride inspection protocol where all rides are inspected prior to and daily during the fair," the statement said. "Safety is our number one priority."
Amusement park ride deaths are not common
Incidents like what happened in Ohio don't happen very often.
An industry group, the Outdoor Amusement Business Association, estimates about 250 million people get on a mobile amusement park ride every year.
The group then cites a government study which estimated about 2,500 people were injured on mobile amusement rides in 2004.
It also noted that from 1987 through 2005, 11 people were killed on such attractions.