PNE organizers shut down 'The Beast' as a precaution

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 28, 2017

The popular Beast ride at Playland has been closed for the day due to a tragic accident at a state fair in Columbus, Ohio, on Wednesday, July 26, involving a similar ride.

"The regulations overseeing ride operations in British Columbia are some of the most progressive in the world", Ballance said in a statement.

This decision follows the ride accident that occurred yesterday in OH, which involved a ride made by KMG, the same manufacturer as The Beast.

Like the Fire Ball, the Beast is also a pendulum ride, and it reaches heights of over 125 feet (or 12 storeys) as it swings from side to side. "The safety of our guests is our No. 1 priority, so we have made the decision to do supplemental inspections of The Beast today", a PNE spokesperson told CTV. It was than assembled at Playland where it went underwent careful inspections and testing prior to opening in 2015.

"We are very confident in the safety of all our rides". The Beast opened in 2015 at the PNE and has had inspections twice daily before each operating day, as well as two annual inspections by a third-party industry contractor.

"It is important to understand a key difference between Playland's Beast and travelling models. Smaller travelling versions are, by their nature, continually assembled, operated, disassembled, and then shipped to their next location", she said.

Ballance said there's no timeline on getting the ride back up, and that staff won't give the green light until they're sure it's safe.

The thrill ride at the Ohio State Fair came apart a few hours after being assembled and inspected for the first time, the Associated Press reported.

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