Fireball amusement ride prohibited in Tennessee by state officials
Similar decisions have been made made in California, Indiana, and Kentucky.
The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development Commissioner Burns Phillips issued an order Thursday prohibiting all Fireball amusement rides, manufactured by KMG, from operating within the state. This is the device involved in a fatal accident Wednesday evening at the Ohio State Fair.
“After much consideration and thought, and with the safety of Tennesseans and visitors to our great state in mind, I have decided the Fireball amusement device should not operate here,” Commissioner Phillips explained.
This order will remain in effect until further notice. All amusement devices entering Tennessee are required to be inspected and/or re-inspected as public safety requires.
The Commissioner’s order aligns with decisions made in California, Indiana, and Kentucky to prohibit the Fireball device from operating at fairs in those states.
“Each and every day, safety is our top priority,” Commissioner Phillips said. “I prefer to err on the side of caution in this case and eliminate the possibility of any further accidents with this particular device.”
North American Midway Entertainment currently has a permit to operate the Fireball at the Tennessee State Fair in Nashville. The state’s Amusement Device Unit is notifying the operator they will not be able to bring that device to the fair in September.