Illinois suspends use of 12 rides after deadly Ohio accident

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The state of Illinois says it's suspending the operation of all amusement rides similar to the one involved in a deadly accident at the Ohio State Fair.

Amusement rides remained closed at the Ohio fair Thursday, a day after a man was killed and seven other people were injured when a ride broke apart and flung people into the air.

The Illinois Department of Labor said Thursday that it was suspending all rides similar to the Fire Ball ride until further notice.

State officials said inspectors are notifying operators to suspend operation of the three Fire Ball rides, eight Freak Out rides and one Extreme ride that are in Illinois.

The department made the move as many festivals and county fairs are scheduled across Illinois. The Illinois State Fair starts Aug. 10.

DuPage County Fair manager Jim McGuire says all rides on the fairgrounds go through a thorough inspection, including a state inspection, a several local inspections.

“Then we have the city of Wheaton come out with their building department,” he said.  “They inspect the ride.  Following that the fire department comes out and inspect.  So there are a number OFD inspections that occur on the fairground prior to even opening the doors to make sure our guests are safe.”