Families usually go to amusement parks to have fun. Good food, rides, and fun in the sun—what’s not to love? Amusement parks can transport us to different worlds, at least for a small period of time. But that doesn’t mean they’re completely safe.
Ohio State Fair visitors learned this firsthand in July. Riders on Fire Ball were sent into a freefall when the attraction malfunctioned. The pendulum ride usually swings riders in a circle on a gondola, but one of the rows fell completely out. Two seat beats also malfunctioned.