November 10, 2006
News 12 has obtained the operation manual for the Orbiter fair ride. Based on that manual, the ride at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair seems to have been going the wrong way.
The manual obtained by News 12 lists Tivoli as the manufacturer. Tivoli manufactured the Orbiter ride that was in Augusta.
News 12 spoke with Bob Destefano, the president and CEO of Dreamland Amusements. He told us he didn't know whether the ride was going in the wrong direction because the manual for the ride does not indicate which direction is correct.
However, the manual obtained by News 12 does. It says the arms are supposed to turn clockwise, and the buckets are supposed to turn counter-clockwise.
News 12 video shows the Orbiter at the Georgia-Carolina State Fair with its arms and buckets both going counter-clockwise, as shown in the following image:
Earlier this week, District Attorney Danny Craig went to Wilmington, North Carolina to inspect the ride, which was taken there for storage after the Georgia Carolina State Fair last month.
The GBI is also investigating any possible criminal charges.