Video shows piece of Beech Grove festival ride break off before hitting boy in chest

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BEECH GROVE, Ind. – Beech Grove Mayor Dennis Buckley has ordered a ride at the Beech Grove Fall Festival to be disassembled after it injured a teenage boy.

Officials with the Beech Grove Fire Department were called to the fall festival just before 7 p.m. Wednesday night.

A group of people were riding the “scrambler” when a metal bar with lights broke off the ride. The bar bounced around as the ride kept going, and it hit a 17-year-old boy.

He was treated at the scene, and his parents took him to the hospital to get checked out. He is expected to be okay.

They mayor says he asked the city’s compliance division to inspect all aspects of the street fair except for the rides, which the city is not certified to do.

According to the Beech Grove Fire Department, the Department of Homeland Security checked the rides before the fall festival opened.

During a follow-up inspection Thursday, Homeland Security found several minor violations unrelated to Wednesday's malfunction. A few of these violations included frayed wires, a missing bolt, a nut that needed tightening and the ride fence needed to be reset and properly spaced.

On Thursday morning, Mayor Buckley issued the following statement:

In lieu of the unfortunate accident last night at the Beech Grove Fall Festival, I have instructed the fire chief to inform all involved to disassemble the scrambler ride due to equipment failure. Yesterday, I had asked our Compliance Division to inspect all aspects of the street fair except for the rides, which the city is not certified to do. Also this morning, I have instructed the fire chief to relay my request to the Indiana Department of Homeland Security to inspect rides associated with the street fair. Should the scrambler ride not be disassembled per my instructions, I will have further instructions for the police chief this afternoon.”

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