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State inspectors checking out rides at Six Flags


Even at a distance you can hear why some call Six Flags the scream factory. Like most days during the busy season, the park was busy Monday.

But Six Flags over Georgia had some unexpected visitors Monday - state inspectors. CBS Atlanta's Sky Eye was overhead as they checked out several rides. The impromptu visit followed a deadly incident at Six Flags over Texas. Friday a mother of two fell to her death while riding the Texas Giant, billed as having the steepest drop of any wooden roller coaster in the world.

"I feel really bad for whoever died, I think it is really sad," said Elizabeth Morgan, a park visitor.

Witnesses said the victim complained that her lap bar was not secure before the ride began.

"If someone built the roller coasters up in Texas like that, what makes us think we will not fall off the coasters here the same way that other person died," said Angel Debeneditco, a park visitor.

Six Flags over Georgia remained open while inspectors examined rides. Unlike Texas where there is no state agency that regulates theme parks, in Georgia state inspectors can shut a ride down if problems are found. Monday no problems were found.

"We are just here to give another level of comfort for the individuals in Georgia, the visitors to make sure they understand we do care and Six Flags is a safe place to be," said Dwayne Garriss, the Georgia fire marshal.

"I think it is smart. Obviously if somebody died they need to take precautions and make sure everything is set up right before kids get on there," Martin said.

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