‘Fireball’ Ride Removed from Nebraska State Fair After Manufacturer Orders Ride to Stop

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. – A ride that has become a mainstay over the past few years at the Nebraska State Fair will not be present in 2017 after the manufacturer ordered ride operators to stop.

The ‘Fireball’ ride was used at the Ohio State Fair last week when a part of it broke up in midair and crashed into the ground, killing one man and severely injuring others.

This prompted the Dutch manufacturer KMG International to cease operations of the ride until they could diagnose the problem.

Nebraska State Fair Marketing Director Shaun Schleif, says that prior to the accident, there were four inspectors in Ohio that did not find an issue with the ride.

“Everything looked copacetic from the eye and now the manufacturer is going to see what might have else went wrong in places they can only get,” says Schleif.

Nebraska State Fair executive director Joseph McDermott told News Channel Nebraska last week that they would make sure to inspect the ‘Fireball’ more closely this year after the Ohio incident.

The ride has been at the fair over the past few years, although Schleif was unsure how popular the ride was.

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