News 5 Investigates

Aug 27, 2014 8:51 PM by Eric Ross

News 5 Investigates: Video appears to capture harness malfunction on fair ride

A Colorado teenager and his sister captured what appears to be a safety malfunction on board one of the carnival rides at the Colorado State Fair in Pueblo over the weekend.

According to the teen, his harness came undone just moments after the ride began.

The incident is sparking a large conversation on social media with many concerned about the safety of rides.

Most of us don't question the safety of amusement park rides until somebody gets hurt.

Fortunately for Matt Landon, 15, all he suffered was a minor shoulder injury.

The video starts with a brother and sister bonding as they get on the Sky Fire ride at the fair. Smiles and laughter quickly turn to shock and fear.

Captured on tape, you hear a small clicking sound, apparently from the harness of the ride coming loose.

"We do everything we can to make it as safe as possible here," Chris Wiseman with the Colorado State Fair said. "We work with the Colorado Department of Labor and they come down and look at the rides before they run."

According to state records obtained by News 5, all the fair rides were inspected and tested prior to the opening day at the fair. Inspectors noted that all rides, except one was working and all looked "good".

"For the past 8 years, we've also hired a ride inspector who works for the state fair and examines the rides on a daily basis," Wiseman said.

State records show no problems during the Sky Fire ride inspection. It is one of the older rides, manufactured in 1995, but passed inspection and is licensed.

For this year's fair, we only found one violation in the state's report where a gauge needed to be replaced.

"They (inspectors) take a detailed look at all the important parts as far as safety is concerned," Wiseman said. "They run the rides to make sure they run and stop right. They are trained to know what parts to look at that adds to the safety of the ride."

Despite the malfunctioning harness, Wiseman says all rides have additional safety features to keep passengers safe.
We reached out to Crabtree Amusements, the company that owns the Sky Fire ride for comment, but we haven't received a response. If we do, we'll be sure to post it for you online at

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To view the state's licensing and inspection reports, click on the links below:

Armco Inspections.pdf

Armco Inspections 2.pdf

Crabtree Amusements.pdf

Crabtree Amusements 2.pdf

Zackery Cramer.pdf

Zackery Cramer 2.pdf



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