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After fatal accident in Ohio, how often are carnival rides inspected in MI?

Posted at 5:43 AM, Jul 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-27 11:28:00-04

After the "Fireball" ride at the Ohio State Fair malfunctioned on Wednesday night, killing one person and injuring seven others, we wanted to take a look at how often carnival rides are inspected in Michigan.

The Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) is the state agency that inspects the rides.

According to LARA, there are 50-100 million rides per year at carnivals, fairs and more across Michigan. The department inspects those rides one a year.

In 2016, there were 10 reports of injuries from carnival rides, but LARA said those were mostly due to rider error.

LARA says after that, it's up to the carnival to keep up with inspections.

In 2014, an 8-year-old and 6-year-old fell from a ferris wheel at the Chelsea fair. It was determined that the girl's crutch got stuck which caused the bucket to tip.

Officials on Thursday inspected a ride at SterlingFest that is similar to the "Fireball" ride that had the accident in Ohio.