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SC State Fair instates additional ride inspection protocols after Ohio tragedy

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COLUMBIA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The South Carolina State Fair is reminding people of its safety record after a ride at the Ohio State Fair malfunctioned, killing one person and injuring seven others.

The SC State Fair said its inspectors would conduct additional ride inspection protocols for this year’s fair.

North American Midway Entertainment will operate nearly 70 rides at the SC fair and officials said the company has not had a serious incident.

“The safety of our fair patrons has remained a priority, and we will continue to take every step necessary to ensure the well-being of our visitors,” said State Fair manager  Gary Goodman.

The state Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, oversees amusement rides and inspects fair rides before the opening of each fair and the fair said it contracts with third-party inspectors to independently certify the rides before opening and conducts daily inspections throughout the fair.

The 2017 SC State Fair will run Oct. 11-22 in Columbia.

The Fireball ride involved in the Ohio incident was operated by a company that does have a location in South Carolina.

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