State Fire Marshal says controls in place to keep amusement rides safe

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Festival season continues in the state, and carnival rides remain a funding source for many of these celebrations. Louisiana State Fire Marshal Butch Browning tells KLFY that the inspection of the amusement rides falls under his office’s purview, and controls are designed to keep people safe.

“An annual inspection is required for each ride. In addition to that, inspectors report to the venue where the rides are being set up for each event,” Browning said.

He explained that all of them must individually pass a set-up inspection before they are allowed to operate. If any issues are discovered, the rides are not allowed to run until the concerns are addressed.

Earlier this week, 12 of the 16 rides at the Cal-Cam Fair in Sulphur did not pass set-up inspection and, as a result, were shut down. Since then, the amusement company and inspectors have worked together, and 13 of the 16 have been deemed safe by State Fire Marshal standards. The fair continues through Sunday.

Marshal Browning wants to reassure the public that his office will continue to do all they can to make each festival a safe and fun event for all Louisiana families.

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