Photos of carnival ride in Hobbs raises concerns

HOBBS N.M. (KRQE)–  What happened to a carnival ride in New Mexico this weekend? Some startling pictures are making their way around social media. Some say the ride collapsed, others say it was struck by lightning.

Hobbs residents who saw pictures of the fireball ride at the visiting carnival want to know what happened.

“Just wow, I can’t believe that would happen here in Lea County,” said Colton Cotz, Hobbs resident.

KRQE News 13 wanted to get those answers. The Lea County Event Center and Fairgrounds manager says that the ride was being disassembled when the picture was snapped, but didn’t say much more.

The county manager also did not have any comment.

“Wrights Amusement would be the appropriate point of contact for any questions or quotes or comments,” he said.

The owner of the rides also denies any problem. He said that the ride was being repaired and could be up and running by Thursday. He then dropped an F-Bomb and hung up.

What really happened may remain a mystery but some people told News 13 that they don’t trust the rides at the carnival.

“I don’t want to go on rides that are taken down week after week and then put back up somewhere else, there is too much, I feel not enough maintenance on them,” said Cotz

New Mexico Regulation and Licensing says that these rides are inspected once a year and that Wright’s Amusement is up to date on all their inspections and paperwork.
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