Interesting Facts About
The “Ring of Fire”
Ring of Fire is a large steel ring with a train that is attached to a moving track. The track is sort of like a steel conveyor belt that spans the entire inside of the ring. The track is moved by hydraulic motors and travels along rollers positioned all along the inside of the loop. Those rollers make Ring of Fire’s unmistakable roar.
During setup, the loop structure unfolds from the trailer and is then fastened at the top. Cables span the structure of the loop to keep it structurally sound.
The evolution of Ring of Fire ride is as follows:
In the mid-1970s, the first ever Super Loop was made.
In 1988, the Ring of Fire was born; it’s an updated version of the Super Loop.
In 1998, the Fireball debut, an updated version of the Ring of Fire. The Fireball has an open topped train, over the shoulder harnesses, and a smoother ride.
Recently, Larson developed a 22 meter (approx. 66 foot) Giant Loop ride.
Presently (as of 2008), Larson is developing at 40 meter (approx. 120 foot) Giant Loop.
Most of the Ring of Fire rides today are over 20 years old.
According to the Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection, the original report their received says that the ring that holds the seats separated.
According to the Bureau, that’s considered speculation until the investigator actually arrives to look at the ride.
The Bureau of Fair Rides Inspection did inspect the ride last week and it was approved to open. But according to the Florida statute, the ride owner must inspect the ride every day after it’s approved by the state.
Every year, the state investigates more than 150 cases of injuries at fairs and amusement parks.
According to state records this is the 5th investigation in five years for Modern Midways.