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Report: Ferris Wheel That Dropped Girls Had Worn Out Rivets

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Posted at 3:16 PM, Aug 13, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-13 16:16:16-04

A fair ride operator has received permission to renew running its rides at Tennessee fairs, other than a Ferris wheel that dropped three girls to the ground.

The state Department of Labor and Workforce Development announced the decision late Friday to allow Family Attractions Amusement to resume operations.

Inspectors hired by the company and the Greene County Fair found that rivets on the gondola carrying the girls had come loose.

The Ferris wheel, which inspectors said was correctly assembled at the site, was being sent back to the manufacturer.

The Greenville Sun said six-year-old Briley Jae Reynolds, who had been listed in critical condition for four days, was upgraded to serious condition. Two other girls have been released from the hospital.