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KMG Releases Official Statement on Fireball Accident


By KMG Press Release

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After inspecting the Fire Ball ride at the Ohio State Fair, Dutch manufacturer KMG released an official report publishing their findings as well as a safety bulletin for KMG Fire Ball / Afterburner rides with serial numbers up to 39.  Below is a copy of the official report supplied by KMG:

KMG has conducted an investigation to determine the cause of an accident with a KMG  Fireball. In this accident which happened on July 26th, a passenger carrying gondola detached from the supporting sweep arm of the ride also known as a KMG Afterburner. This particular ride was 18 years old.

The investigation included a visit to the accident scene in the company of a team of experts at the accident site in Columbus, Ohio, USA. They reviewed video footage of the incident and conducted a metallurgical inspection of the ride.

It was determined that excessive corrosion on the interior of the gondola support beam dangerously reduced the beam's wall thickness over the years. This finally led to the catastrophic failure of the ride during operation.

KMG has reviewed the results of the inspection and worked with industry safety experts to develop an inspection protocol in the form of a Safety Bulletin to allow properly inspected and maintained rides to safely reopen.

We trust to have you informed sufficiently.

Albert Kroon
Product Manager

CLICK HERE to download the official statement as a PDF file.

CLICK HERE to download a copy of the service and inspection bulletin for KMG Fireball / Afterburner rides.

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