YARMOUTH, Maine — Officials with the Yarmouth Clam Festival said a child was injured on a carousel ride Friday morning.
Yarmouth Fire Chief Michael Robitaille said the ride malfunctioned Friday morning and a child was on the ride when a carousel horse popped out of its socket and lurched forward. The child suffered a bump on the forehead but did not need medical attention.
The ride was immediately shut down, and within a half-hour the ride was under inspection.
The rides, operated by Smokey’s Greater Shows, were inspected by both state and local officials this week.
Earlier this month, Smokey’s owner Jeanette Gilmore and a Smokey’s employee were charged with misdemeanors in connection with two separate ride accidents in Waterville. After that incident, CBS 13 asked clam festival organizers if they would continue using the ride company.
Clam festival director Mark Primeau replied with this statement:
“For decades, Smokey’s track record has been great with us, so we have not made any decision to cancel the carnival. Safety is our top priority, and we work very hard with the Yarmouth Police Department, Fire Department, and the state fire marshal’s office to bring you a safe and fun festival each year.”
The ride was back open after being down for about three hours. All rides are up and running this weekend at the clam festival and the Yarmouth fire chief said he believes they are safe for children to ride.