Kentucky Requires Tough Inspections For Amusement Rides

The Bluegrass Fair kicks off in Lexington Thursday, but what are officials doing to make sure everyone stays safe?
Amusement and carnival-style rides are under more public scrutiny, following an accident at Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom last month.
In that incident, a 13-year-old girl's feet were severed on the Superman Tower of Power ride.
The Kentucky Department of Agriculture is responsible for inspecting all rides in the state.
Officials from that department have spent the last few days at the Bluegrass Fair, making sure rides there are safe.
They say any time a ride comes into the state, it must be inspected and approved before it can be put into use.
Even after a ride is approved, inspectors can come back at any time for another look. And if they have questions or concerns, the Department of Agriculture has the authority to shut down the ride.
Some wonder if the constant assembly and dis-assembly of carnival rides and can cause problems.
But officials say that's not necessarily the case.
Some traveling rides actually fare better than permanent ones, they say, because they are assembled so often, ride operators can get a better look at any problems, if they arise.
Under Kentucky law, permanent rides at amusement parks must be inspected at least once a year. But inspectors can show up at random.
40 rides are at this year's Bluegrass Fair, and all are inspected before the fair begins.

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