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Department of Homeland Security inspects every ride at the Indiana State Fair

Posted at 6:39 PM, Aug 02, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indiana Department of Homeland Security will carefully inspect every ride on the midway at the Indiana State Fair before the gates open to the public Friday morning. 

Six inspectors for DHS arrived Thursday to begin inspections on the more than 50 rides. Their job is to look for anything that might be deemed unsafe. 

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The inspectors take in-depth looks at the fencing and ride restraints along with checking for cracks in the steel and making sure each ride is secured to the ground. 

Even though many of the rides have already had their yearly inspections, the fair asked DHS to conduct a thorough inspection before they open to the public. 

"A lot of these rides has already been previously inspected at other sites, so they have a current annual permit on there," said Thomas Hendricks with the Department of Homeland Security. "We just verify that it's still there and that it has another sticker on there from the state, that also if anybody has any concerns it has a number on there that they can call and notify us and we'll get somebody on it as soon as possible."  

If you have concerns, Hendricks says contact DHS at 1-888-203-5020. 

Every ride at the fair will be checked and cleared by noon Friday when the midway officially opens. 

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