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Fair goers skeptical about getting on rides after malfunction at Ohio State Fair

Inspectors working on reinspecting each ride at the fair Thursday. (Source: WOIO) Inspectors working on reinspecting each ride at the fair Thursday. (Source: WOIO)
COLUMBUS, OH (FOX19) -

Investigators worked to find out what caused the opening day wreck, which killed a high school student who had just enlisted in the Marines. Seven other people were injured, including four teenagers.

All rides were shut down at the Ohio State Fair when a row of seats on the Fire Ball ride broke away sending fair goers into the crowd.

The midway looked more like a cleared runway, with no rides running, not even music playing, and attendance way down on only the second day of the fair.

Workers have been inspecting all of the rides from top to bottom making sure they're safe after the fatal malfunction.

A black tarp covered the piece that broke off of the Fire Ball.

The parent company of Amusements of America, KMG, who made the ride issued a statement from their Netherlands office halting all use of the Fire Ball ride at fairs across the country.

The company also offered their condolences to the victims.

Friends Allison Brooks, Aidaliz Figueroa and Heath Deer left just before the tragedy Wednesday night, and despite the concern came back Thursday night.

"We just came back for food and games. I'm so glad she didn't ask me to ride that ride, because she would have convinced me to do it," Brooks said.

They're all doubtful now they'd get on the rides, even after new inspections.

"Absolutely not. Probably not. Never in my life. Really," Figueroa said.

"I didn't know if it was human error or mechanical error, you don't really know. You can't really point fingers yet until you find out 100 percent what happened," Deer said.

During the winter months, when fairs are over, the Fire Ball and other rides are kept in Florence, SC, where the company said it undergoes extensive scrutiny to prepare for the next season.

All equipment is reinspected, tested, and reevaluated in the ride inventory.

There's still no word yet from the Fair Board when any of the rides will resume at the Ohio State Fair.

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