State Fair ride stalls, stranding 24 riders

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Aug 24, 2012 at 7:16 am

 FALCON HEIGHTS, MN (AP) - A ride at the Minnesota State Fair malfunctioned
Thursday, stranding 24 people about 100 feet off the ground for 40 minutes.
 The ride is called the Stratosphere. It looks like a tall tower, with swings
hanging from branch-like extensions. The seats go up and down while the tower
 State Fair spokeswoman Brienna Schuette says the ride has several components on
the tower. As the swings were descending, a latch did not engage properly and
the ride's safety system kicked in _ stopping the ride when the passengers were
about 100 feet in the air.
     All the riders were brought to safety.


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