Oakland—Cal/OSHA has affirmed that amusement ride owners have voluntarily shut down the six Fire Ball rides in California parks, after a fatal ride malfunction on the Fire Ball in Columbus, at the Ohio State Fair.
Eighteen-year-old Tyler Jarrell, of Columbus, Ohio, was killed Wednesday evening when the Fire Ball ride he was on at the Ohio State Fair broke apart in mid-air, the Ohio State Highway Patrol said. Seven people were also injured in the incident.
Cal/OSHA’s Amusement Ride and Tramway Unit contacted owners Wednesday evening after receiving notification of the accident in Ohio, asking that owners close the rides pending word from the manufacturers, KMG or Chance Morgan, Inc./ Chance Rides, Inc., or after a ride inspection by Cal/OSHA. All of the rides have been voluntarily shut down by the owners.
Fire Ball rides are located at six parks across the state, including:
- Orange County Fair owned and operated by Ray Cammack Shows (portable ride)
- Cal Expo State Fair owned and operated by Butler Amusements (portable ride)
- Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
- California’s Great America in Santa Clara
- Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park
- Belmont Park in San Diego
Cal/OSHA protects and improves the safety of passengers riding on elevators, amusement rides, and tramways. Additional information on requirements for portable and permanent amusement rides in California, including inspection and issuance of permits, is detailed online.
Other similar rides throughout the country are being shut down as a precaution.