Homeland security officials to inspect rides at State Fair

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Agents from the Fire and Building Safety Division of the Indiana State Department of Homeland Security will go ride to ride around the midway Thursday morning at the fairgrounds.

The inspectors look for things like faulty breaks or worn-out electrical circuits but they’ll also go over every nut and bolt. Any new rides will get an even lengthier inspection.

The annual inspection is part of an overall security and safety plan fair officials put in place.

“We have been dealing with North American Midway Entertainment for over 20 years. They are the largest carnival operator in the country, and they know exactly what they’re doing,” said Andy Klotz, spokesperson for the fair.

Ride operators also do daily inspections of rides during the fair.

The midway opens Friday at noon. There are $25 wristbands available on opening day which are good for ten hours of rides. There is a new Kiddie Land Midway this year with rides for younger children.