State police said Thursday they are investigating after two children were rescued from a Ferris Wheel in Stratford Wednesday night.
According to the state police Fire and Explosive Investigation unit, the carnival ride was stopped by an operator after a light fixture was dislodged.
The incident occurred during the Coleman Brothers Carnival.
The fixture then wedged between two seats, which caused them to flip over.
The operator stopped the ride immediately after seeing the seats flip.
State police detective Richard Gregory said the seats only turned over because there was no one in the seats.
"If those tubs were occupied by people, they probably wouldn't have spun over, they would have been weighted down and the main reason they did spin upside down and looked spectacular is because those tubs were empty and very light," said Gregory.
Two children, who were in separate seats, where then left stuck 25 feet up in the air. at the time but were not injured.
They were rescued by firefighters soon after and did not suffer any injuries.
They were 25 feet off the ground at the time of the rescue.
The ride was closed for the rest of the night.
Despite the incident, carnival-goers are undeterred.
"I'd still give it a go, I'm down. It's unfortunate, but accidents happen," said Milford resident Steven Romano.
Detectives with the state police Fire and Explosive Investigation unit said they determined the incident was not caused by mechanical failure.
A safety inspection had been conducted that night before the incident.
They will conduct another ride safety inspection before the ride is re-opened.
"My feeling is, I have young children and if I don't feel safe putting my children on those rides, those rides don't go," said Gregory.
Coleman Brothers, which recently celebrated it's 100th carnival season, declined our request for comment.
The carnival will run through June 5th before it heads to Waterbury.
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