Update 7 a.m. July 31
Amusements of America, the company that operates rides at the Ohio State Fair, says there's no evidence that last Wednesday's deadly ride malfunction was a case of operator error.
A Sunday statement from the company also cited a decision by the ride's manufacturer to call on operators around the world to shut down similar rides until they can determine what happened.
The decision to shut down similar rides around the world and reopen the Ohio midway indicates that this is an issue with a specific ride and not the ride operator or inspectors. There is no evidence that operator error played a role in the accident. We continue to keep those affected by this tragic accident in our prayers and work cooperatively with the ongoing investigation.
All fair rides except the Fire Ball were back up and running by Sunday morning.
Gov. John Kasich ordered all rides shut down last Wednesday, hours after one of the Fire Ball's gondolas broke apart, sending people careening into the air. Authorities say Tyler Jarrell, 18, died instantly upon impact with the ground.
Fair officials say attendance plummeted in the two days following the accident, then increased Saturday to a level slightly higher than the same day in 2016.