Florida mom horrified after carnival ride experience

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A Pasco county mother is sounding the alarm about a carnival ride she says almost sent her 5-year-old flying.

She’s calling for additional safety steps to make sure it doesn’t happen to another child.

The ride is called the “Orbiter.” It’s part of the carnival at the First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks.

The scary experience happened last weekend in Wesley Chapel in the parking lot of the Wiregrass mall.

“I pulled out my phone, video tape them having a good time,” said Amber Curtis.

A few seconds later, Curtis caught a horrifying scene.

“I immediately noticed that he was slipping from under the bars. He was literally hanging on for dear life,” said Curtis.

Her 5-year-old son had his legs and feet dangling forward. She ran to get the ride operator to stop it.

“I was completely terrified to the point where I thought I was going to throw up. It was the most horrible experience I’ve ever had in my entire life,” she said.

Now, Curtis wants additional safety procedures, like making the height requirement taller or seat belts.

“We did see the video. I did see the still pictures.  And it is a little scary when you look at it,” said Joey Even, from Arnold Amusements.

He said he is not opposed to additional safety measures.

“It has to come from the manufacturer. Absolutely, we would follow any guidelines they require,” said Even.

He says he understands Curtis’ feelings.

“The ride did everything that it was supposed to. Sure it doesn’t look good in the picture with the video. However, her child was safe in there,” said Even.

The “Orbiter” and all the other rides got an inspection on Thursday by state inspectors. They all passed.

Amber Curtis is swearing off all carnival rides from now on.

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