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A horrible accident involving a KMG Fireball/Afterburner yesterday left one person dead and seven injured.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/nationnow/la-na-ohio-fair-ride-20170727-story.html

Here's video of the accident.  It's very graphic so watch at your own risk!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QV_zTsmr1Q
 
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Pretzel Kaiser said:
I saw that Hershypark has closed their's as a precaution.

KMG, the manufacturer of the ride, has ordered all of them to cease operations for now.  The State of Tennessee has banned them as well.

http://nbc4i.com/2017/07/27/manufacturer-instructs-ride-operators-not-to-run-fire-ball-type-rides/
 
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Here's pic of the ride where it broke apart.  I really don't see how state inspectors could've caught this.

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RollyCoaster said:
As much as the video hurt to watch, it appeared the station floor raised prematurely before the ride finished its cycle.

After closely watching the video several times slowed down at .25, I don't think the floor was raised at all. You can see the legs of the riders still above it. It appears that the car that broke off impacted the floor before riders were thrown off. It's hard to tell though since the camera wasn't on the side of where it happened.
 
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