Five British theme parks shut rides after teen killed in US

Tyler Jarrell died after being thrown from a ride at the Ohio state fair

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Theme Park tragedy in Ohio

Credits: Gazette Live

Five rides have been shut at theme parks across Britain after a teenager died in a horror accident in the US.

Tyler Jarrell, 18, was killed after being thrown from a ride called Fireball - also known as an 'Afterburner' - at the Ohio state fair last Wednesday.

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His girlfriend is among seven others who were also injured.

Tyler's seat snapped off and sent him flying into the air, it is believed.

Now Lightwater Valley in Ripon, North Yorkshire, is among five theme parks to have shut similar rides in the UK.

The Health and Safety Executive issued an enforcement notice on the Eagle's Claw ride.

Theme Park tragedy in Ohio

Rides shut at British theme parks

Eagle's Claw

Other 'swinging pendulum' rides were shut at Thorpe Park in Surrey and in Somerset, Suffolk and South Wales.

A spokesman for Lightwater Valley told the Teesside Gazette : "We were deeply saddened and shocked to hear of the tragic accident in the US and our thoughts go out to the families of those concerned.

"While there are fundamental and significant differences between our ride and the one involved in this terrible incident we entirely support the Health and Safety Executive's decision to not operate these types of ride in Great Britain until all the facts are known and a comprehensive investigation has taken place.

"Our ride has undergone the most stringent of safety checks, however as a precaution we strongly believe this is the correct and responsible thing to do.

"The safety and wellbeing of our visitors is of paramount importance."

He added: "We will, of course, notify the public when the ride is back in operation."

The Lightwater Valley website says: "Due to circumstances beyond our control this ride is currently closed, apologies for any inconvenience this may cause."

It goes on to say: "The Eagle's Claw provides an insanely intense ride experience with heaps of air time and is cited by many guests and enthusiasts as being their favourite Lightwater Valley attraction."

A HSE spokeswoman told The Gazette: "HSE is aware of the tragic accident involving the KMG Afterburner (themed as Fireball) machine in Ohio on July 26.

"There are five machines of this version operating in UK and all have been thoroughly inspected within the last 12 months.

"There is no verified information regarding the immediate cause of the US accident.

"Following the incident, HSE initiated a re-inspection of these machines.

"As a result, an Enforcement Notice has been served on the machines, which are now to be taken out of use until the notices have been complied with."

It added: "HSE will ensure operators are kept abreast of information as it arrives and will take such action as is necessary to ensure the rides are inspected and tested as necessary to ensure safety."

The KMG website described the Afterburner on its website.

It says: "The Afterburner has a long swing arm that shifts to 120° with a maximum height of 20 meters.

"At the bottom of the arm is a 6-pin mill that seats 24 people. It rotates at a speed of 15rpm."


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