STRATFORD, Conn. ( WTNH) – State Police are investigating a ferris wheel at the carnival on Barnum Avenue after a light fixture crashed down while the ride was moving. The Stratford Fire Department was called to rescue two children on the ride when it suddenly stopped.
It happened on May 25, 2016 shortly after 9pm. A ride operator stopped the ferris wheel when that light fixture fell and became wedged between two seats on the ride. That light kept two seats from swiveling properly. Two children were in a different seat, on that ferris wheel, when it was brought to a stop. The Stratford Fire Department has to use an aerial bucket to get to the children who were about 25 feet off the ground.
The ferris wheel was taken out of service to be inspected. Detectives say mechanical failure lead to the incident. They will conduct a ride safety inspection before the ferris wheel goes back in service.