Manager says visitor safety is paramount after Fireball closure at Pleasurewood Hills

Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

Pleasurewood Hills in Lowestoft has announced the temporary closure of its Fireball ride after a fatal accident involving a similar ride in the USA.

The Fireball at Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Supplied.

The Fireball at Pleasurewood Hills. Picture: Supplied. - Credit: Archant

The safety instruction comes from both the ride manufacturer and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), pending an investigation into the cause of a man's death at the Ohio state fair on Wednesday, July 26.

18-year-old marine Tyler Jarrell died after his seat broke off the KMG Afterburner machine, flinging him 50 feet through the air.

Seven other people were also injured, leading to the closure of the popular Suffolk ride which is also an Afterburner machine.

Adam Noble, general manager at Pleasurewood Hills, said: 'The condition of our rides and the safety of our visitors is absolutely paramount.


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'It is therefore our priority to work with our technical engineers, inspectors, the manufacturer and the HSE to ensure our ride is 100pc safe before we will reopen the ride.

'Our thoughts and condolences are with the family and friends of Tyler Jarrell at this extremely sad time.'

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In total, six high-speed pendulum rides have been closed across the UK.

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