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SIX UK theme park rides have been closed fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent on a sim­i­lar ride in the U.S. in which a teenager died.

The Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive said five rides were re-in­spected and tem­po­rar­ily taken out of use af­ter the in­ci­dent at Ohio State Fair on July 26.

A sixth ride at Light­wa­ter Val­ley in North York­shire was im­me­di­ately taken out of use by the op­er­a­tor.

Tyler Jar­rell, an 18-year-old high school stu­dent, died when a swing­ing and spin­ning ride called the Fire Ball broke apart. Seven other peo­ple were in­jured, some crit­i­cally.

Three of the closed rides are at Plea­sure­wood Hills theme park in Suf­folk, Coney Beach Fair in Porth­cawl, South Wales, and Brean Theme Park in Som­er­set.

A fourth is op­er­ated by Ryan Crow Amuse­ments at fun­fairs in the North East, and a ride owned by a Joseph Man­ning in Hert­ford­shire has also been served with a pro­hi­bi­tion en­force­ment no­tice.

Light­wa­ter Val­ley said its Ea­gle’s Claw ride was not run­ning, telling vis­i­tors: “Due to cir­cum­stances be­yond our con­trol this ride is cur­rently closed, apolo­gies for any in­con­ve­nience this may cause.”

The Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive said it was aware of the “tragic ac­ci­dent” at the KMG After­burner, which was themed as Fire Ball in Colum­bus, Ohio.


A spokes­woman said: “There are six ma­chines of this ver­sion op­er­at­ing in the UK which were all thor­oughly in­spected within the last 12 months in line with agreed pro­ce­dures.

“There is no ver­i­fied in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the im­me­di­ate cause of the U.S. ac­ci­dent. Fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, the Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive ini­ti­ated a re-in­spec­tion of th­ese ma­chines.

“As a re­sult, on Fri­day, July 28 an en­force­ment no­tice was served on five of the ma­chines, which are now to be taken out of use un­til the no­tices have been com­plied with.

“The sixth, at Light­wa­ter Val­ley in North York­shire, was im­me­di­ately taken out of use fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent in Ohio. This was a de­ci­sion taken in­de­pen­dently by the op­er­a­tor.

“They have agreed to keep this ma­chine out of use un­til the other five no­tices have been com­plied with.”

HELL RIDE: Fire Ball broke up

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