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State Fair ride stalls, stranding 24 riders

State Fair ride stalls, stranding 24 riders Click to Enlarge Photo: Alexander Walther, Photos.com

Aug 24, 2012 at 7:16 am


 FALCON HEIGHTS, MN (AP) - A ride at the Minnesota State Fair malfunctioned
Thursday, stranding 24 people about 100 feet off the ground for 40 minutes.
 
 The ride is called the Stratosphere. It looks like a tall tower, with swings
hanging from branch-like extensions. The seats go up and down while the tower
spins.
 
 State Fair spokeswoman Brienna Schuette says the ride has several components on
the tower. As the swings were descending, a latch did not engage properly and
the ride's safety system kicked in _ stopping the ride when the passengers were
about 100 feet in the air.
 
     All the riders were brought to safety.

 

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