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KMG Official Statement on Fireball Ride Accident
Early model Fire Ball rides currently shut down

7/27/2017

By MCW Editor / KMG Press Release

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In light of the recent Fireball accident at the Ohio State Fair, manufacturer KMG has issued the following statement, shutting down Fireball-type rides up to serial #40. Later generation Fireball rides and Freak Out rides are not affected.

Pieter Theunisz of KMG said his thoughts are with the Vivona family, owners of Amusements of America.  Speaking of the accident, Theunisz said he was unable to provide much additional information because the ride is currently the subject of  investigation by the Ohio State Police.  "At the moment, KMG's technical staff and owner have no access. Therefore,  KMG is awaiting the official report from the Ohio State inspector. Until then we will instruct all Fire Ball owners and/or operators and Move It owners/operators to cease operation of the ride."

Read the official statement from KMG below.
                                                                                                                                                   






In addition, the Outdoor Amusement Business Association (OABA) weighed in with the following statement:

A Statement from the Outdoor Amusement Business Association
July 27,2017 
 
Our entire industry is dedicated to the safety of the millions of people worldwide who utilize portable amusement rides.
 
The Fire Ball was being operated by one of the most respected and long established companies in our industry and was designed and manufactured by a leading international maker of amusement rides. This incident took place despite multiple independent inspections of the ride and only a full and complete investigation can identify the issues or issues that led to this tragedy. 
 
Our prayers are with those involved and our commitment as an industry is to identify the cause of this tragedy so that we can continue to provide safe family entertainment at fairs, festivals, and community events. 


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