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Ferris Wheel Ride Shutdown At Parkersburg City Park Carnival

By: WTAP News Email
By: WTAP News Email

UPDATE: 9:58 7-3-13

Safety concerns shut down the ferris wheel at the City Park Carnival.

We learned earlier Wednesday that someone called the Department of Commerce with concerns about the safety of the ride.

Inspectors say they couldn't find any evidence of a safety issue but they did find a mechanical issue.

The ferris wheel would only work in reverse.

For the folks riding the ride, it was a heart stopping discovery.

"It started out a little slow and they got to the top and all the sudden it stopped and I heard the guy that was running it turn another man standing there and he said, oh it's fine," says Debbie.

"When we were moving backwards, our seatbelt came unhooked and that's when we knew that something was wrong. So we were both trying to hook the seatbelt back together," added Lauren.

The rides permit has been pulled and will not be able to run until it is fixed.
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West Virginia state inspectors are taking a look at the carnival rides at Parkersburg City Park after someone called the state over concerns of safety.

What we know is first, nobody was hurt.

WTAP News has a crew at the scene.

A spokesperson with the Department of Commerce says someone called them with safety concerns.

Inspectors say they could not find any evidence of a safety issue but they found a mechanical issue.

The ferris wheel which should run forward, could only works in reverse.

The ride has been shut down and parts have been ordered to fix the problem.

The rides permit has been pulled and will not be able to run until it is fixed.

WTAP News will have more information throughout the night about what happened and if the ride is back up and running on WTAP-TV & TheNewsChannel.TV.


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