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Ohio State Fair ride accident: 5 things to know about The Fire Ball ride


A man was killed and seven people were injured while riding The Fire Ball at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus on Wednesday

READ: Ohio State Fair ride accident: 1 dead, 7 hurt

WATCH: Past footage of Fire Ball operating

WATCH: Footage from Ohio State Fair accident

Here are five things to know about the ride: 

1.  The Ohio Department of Agriculture issued a permit  for The Fire Ball to Amusements of America, a carnival operator, on July 26, according to state documents obtained by this news organization.  

2.  The Fire Ball swing riders 40 feet about the fair midway — the area where  games, rides, entertainment and food booths are grouped — and spins them at 13 revolutions per minute, according to the company website. 

3.  The state’s chief ride inspector, Mike Vartorella, said he and his four-person crew signed off on the Fire Ball. Vartorella called The Fire Ball "a spectacular piece" of equipment on Wednesday. 

4.  The Fire Ball received a “satisfactory” rating on its daily inspection report on July 26. The inspection report includes a total of 25 points of inspection that must be reviewed daily including checking the attachment brackets on the seat; making sure the ride will not start with a seat fault light on; and checking operational controls, according to state documents obtained by this news organization.  .

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5.  The Fire Ball debuted in 2002 and is one of Amusements of America’s most popular thrill rides, according to the company’s website. 


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