One person has been killed and several injured after an accident on a ride at the Ohio State Fair.
Fire chief Steve Martin told local media outlets that victims were thrown from the “fireball” spinning pendulum ride in the city of Columbus.
Three of the injured are in a critical condition, officials said.
State Governor John Kasich confirmed at least one death, and said he had ordered all fair rides shut until safety inspections were carried out.
He also said a full investigation would be carried out.
Ohio State Highway Patrol Superintendent Col. Paul A. Pride said seven other people were injured, three of whom are in critical condition.
The ride, called the Fireball, consists of at least six rows of seats that spin around as the entire structure moves like a pendulum.
The ride’s operator — Amusements of America — says the Fire Ball swings riders 40 feet above the midway while spinning them at 13 revolutions per minute.
Rhonda Burgess and her children were at the fair Wednesday when the incident took place. One of her three sons was in line at the ride next to the one that malfunctioned.
“The ride had four riders per cart. This piece snapped off and the riders came out of the cart,” she said. “At least two (people) flew through the air at least 20 feet before landing on their backs on the concrete.”
The Columbus Dispatch reported that safety inspections of the rides had taken place earlier in the week.
Chief inspector Mike Vartorella said: “My grandchildren ride this equipment… our guys do not rush through this stuff. We look at it, we take care of it, we pretend it’s our own.”