Hersheypark

Hersheypark has temporarily shut down a ride similar to one at the Ohio State Fair that killed a man and injured seven when it broke apart this week, a park official said.

Tyler Jarrell, 18, of Columbus, died after being thrown in the air after the ride, called the Fire Ball, malfunctioned Wednesday, according to the Associated Press.

Hersheypark shut down "The Claw," a similar-style ride, Wednesday night "until more information is learned about the tragic accident in Ohio," said spokesman Garrett Gallia.

Gallia said the Hersheypark ride is a fixed park model and produced by a different manufacturer than the mobile version of the ride at the Ohio fair. 

Video captured by a bystander at the fair shows the Fire Ball swinging and spinning when it crashes into something and part of the ride flies off, according to the AP.

The decision to close the Claw was made out of an "abundance of caution," Gallia said.

"As safety is our top priority, we felt that it was very much the right thing to do," he said.

On its website, Hersheypark describes the Claw as a swinging pendulum ride with a “thrilling ride 64 feet in the air.”

The Claw has not had any problems or issues like the Ohio ride, Gallia said. The ride is inspected daily.

Dorney Park also closed a similar style ride, "The Revolution," according to spokeswoman Kristen Hager.

The Revolution is a revolving swing with an eight-armed ring of seats that soars 65 feet in the air, according to the Allentown amusement park's website.

The ride has been temporarily closed "pending inspections" and "out of an abundance of caution," Hager said.

The Fire Ball ride had been inspected before the Columbus fair opened Wednesday, according to AP reports.

The ride was operated by Amusements of America. The manufacturer, KMG, ordered Thursday that all of its rides of the same style be shut down. There are 43 rides around the world including 11 in the United States, according to the AP.

The company said this was the first such serious malfunction on one of the rides.

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