State clears 3 rides to re­open af­ter Ohio death

Four other Cal­i­for­nia at­trac­tions sim­i­lar to the one in fa­tal accident re­main shut.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By Alene Tchekm­e­dyian alene.tchekm­e­dyian@la­times.com

State of­fi­cials Tues­day ap­proved the re­open­ing of three of seven thrill rides — in­clud­ing one at Knott’s Berry Farm — that were shut down af­ter a sim­i­lar at­trac­tion mal­func­tioned in Ohio last week, killing a teenager and in­jur­ing sev­eral oth­ers.

The rides that were al­lowed to open were La Revolu­cion at Knott’s in Buena Park, Delir­ium at Cal­i­for­nia’s Great Amer­ica in Santa Clara and Beach Blaster at Belmont Park in San Diego.

The state’s Depart­ment of In­dus­trial Re­la­tions said ride own­ers “suc­cess­fully com­pleted test­ing of the rides” re­quested by the man­u­fac­turer, Chance Rides, and the at­trac­tions are safe to op­er­ate.

The G Force ride at the Or­ange County Fair and Fire­ball rides at the Cal­i­for­nia State Fair and Santa Cruz Beach Board­walk — which are man­u­fac­tured by the Dutch com­pany KMG — re­main closed “pend­ing fur­ther com­mu­ni­ca­tion from the man­u­fac­turer re­gard­ing re­quired test­ing or con­fig­u­ra­tion,” ac­cord­ing to the state agency.

The fa­tal mal­func­tion in Ohio oc­curred Wed­nes­day, when the KMG-man­u­fac­tured Fire­ball ride sud­denly snapped. The ride in­cludes a pen­du­lum-type ap­pa­ra­tus that spins and swings rid­ers 40 feet into the air.

KMG said it ap­peared the “pas­sen­ger-car­ry­ing gon­dola de­tached from the sup­port­ing sweep arm.” The com­pany is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the accident.

The sev­enth ride that was halted is at the Amador County Fair in Ply­mouth, Calif., and is made by Eng­land-based Tivoli Man­u­fac­tur­ing. The at­trac­tion must pass Tivoli’s de­tailed test­ing re­quire­ments and a state in­spec­tion be­fore it can op­er­ate, state of­fi­cials said.

Af­ter the accident in Ohio, state of­fi­cials in Cal­i­for­nia con­tacted ride own­ers and asked them to shut down sim­i­lar-style at­trac­tions. Some op­er­a­tors had al­ready done so.

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