How often are Georgia's carnival rides inspected? - CBS46 News

How often are Georgia's carnival rides inspected?

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Terrifying video shows the Fire Ball ride at the Ohio State Fair falling apart 40 feet in the air Wednesday. One person was killed and several others injured. The horrifying incident is raising concerns among fair goers in Georgia.

Even more startling, Ohio fair officials say the ride passed inspection just 48 hours prior.

CBS46 looked into Georgia's law regarding ride inspections. When it comes to carnival rides, the State Fire Marshal's Office only inspects them once a year.

They may be randomly checked later, but most of the times when they get disassembled and reassembled, carnivals are on their own to make sure it's done right.

Some of the things inspectors look for are the ride's physical support, electrical issues and cleanliness. They also review the ride's manual and other paperwork.

CBS46 uncovered that it doesn't matter how many years a ride has been operating -- as long as it passes inspection, there's no expiration date on equipment.

The Magic Midways carnival just opened at the Cumberland Mall, July 27. They made it through their opening night without any issues.

Last year, the same carnival made the news in Cartersville when a roller coaster started to tip over during the Bartow County Fair. No one was injured, and the carnival manager says it happened because the ground started to sink under the weight of the tracks.

Now that they're in Cobb County, the same roller coaster is still operating, but this time it's on pavement.

The State Fire Marshal's Office is also in charge of inspecting rides at amusement parks, such as Six Flags. They also do those inspections once a year, prior to the park's opening day. Six Flags tells CBS46 it conducts its own daily inspections on each ride as well.

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