'Loud bang': Horrifying TikTok shows festival ride 'rocking back and forth'

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Videos shared to social media show the horrifying moment a ride at a fair fell apart and bystanders rushed to help people onboard. 

The incident happened at Traverse City’s National Cherry Festival in Michigan, WLNS reported, and videos shared to social media show the base of the pendulum-style ride become more and more unstable.

As the carriage of the ride goes up, the base starts to rocking back-and-forth.

"Someone's getting fired," someone in a TikTok video is heard saying.

The base of a ride at a fair in Michigan started to violently shake while people were up in the air. Source: TikTok/reeceodonnell6
The base of a ride at a fair in Michigan started to violently shake while people were up in the air. Source: TikTok/reeceodonnell6

As the rocking starts to become more violent, people rush towards the ride and hang onto the fence of the base in an attempt to stabilise it.

On TikTok, people marvelled at those who did what they could to stabilise the ride.

"The people running up to hold it were so brave," one person said on TikTok.

"If that had gone over forwards it could have crushed them."

"This is why I don't go on these types of ride," another person said.

Witness Joy Ogemaw was at the fair and heard a "really loud bang".

"It was like scraping, and then it started going faster, because it wasn't stopping them started going faster," the witness told UpNorthLive.

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"Then it started like rocking a little bit back and forth and then it started like going more and then like, it was to the point where the base of it was like leaning way back and I was like, that looks like it's about to like fall back into the river right now and I was like... I cannot believe what I was seeing."

Ogemaw said about 25 people rushed to hold down the base of the ride.

UpNorthLive reported no one was seriously injured and the ride had been removed from the fair.

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