State fire officials: 12 of 16 rides at Cal-Cam Fair ‘not set up appropriately, contained safety issues’

Broken seatbelts and electrical malfunctions among problems

12 rides at the Cal-Cam Fair did not pass initial inspection

SULPHUR, LA (KPLC) - 12 of the 16 rides at the Cal-Cam Fair “had not been set up appropriately” when inspectors with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office arrive for a safety and verification check Wednesday afternoon, a spokesperson said.

“It was deemed that 12 of the 16 rides on site had not been set up appropriately and contained safety issues including but not limited to broken seatbelts and electrical malfunctions,” Ashley Rodrigue, public affairs director with the Louisiana State Fire Marshal’s Office, said in a statement.

Rodrigue said that when inspectors arrived, several requirements of the set-up inspection were not met, leading inspectors to conduct their own reviews.

Four rides have been approved, so far. Chuck Kinney, the president of the Cal-Cam Fair Association, said the rides should be up and running tomorrow morning.

Rodrique said inspectors are working “aggressively” with the ride operators and event organizers to address the issues with the other rides. An inspector with the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Official (NAARSO) is also heading to the fair site.

The Cal-Cam Fair, a fall tradition for many Southwest Louisiana residents, opened Wednesday and continues through Sunday, Oct. 21.

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