Fairground terror as spinning ride crashes to ground flinging revellers into air

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The terrifying moment a fairground ride malfunctioned and crashed to the ground from a height has been caught on camera.

At least 16 people, including children, were injured and hospitalised after the shocking incident, which happened at the Dussehra fairground in Mohali, officially known as Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar, in the Punjab region of India, according to reports.

Footage shows the circular seating section on a standing pole of the spinning swing hurtle to the ground with a huge impact.

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People on the ride are seen getting tossed violently into the air after the brutal crash landing.

"Live Visual of swing breaking in #Mohali phase 8, Many people got injured. Around 16 women & kids were hospitalised after the incident," tweeted one Indian reporter.

Police were alerted and rushed to the fairground. They are now investigating.

The injured were taken to Phase-6 (area in the city) civil hospital in Mohali for treatment, they said, however no information has yet been released about the extent of their injuries.

Sunday was a particularly busy day at the fair due to it being a holiday in India, reports said.

Indian TV personality Aditya Raj Kaul tweeted after the incident, calling it "unacceptable".

"Spinning swing falls down abruptly in Dushera grounds of Phase-8 in Mohali, Punjab. Over 16 injured, including children. Rushed to the hospital.

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"This is unacceptable. Hope the owner of the swing is arrested. And who from Punjab Govt gave safety approvals?"

One online commenter wrote on Twitter: "One of my life's resolutions is to never to step on to one of these rides, especially in India where nobody cares about safety.

"In another incident couple of kids were electrocuted to death. Just not worth it. These guys if survive will have permanent spine damage."

Another concerned citizen added: "No permissions should be granted to the fairs like this… No medical assistance, no safety measures. What if any fatality was there? Strong action required and requested."

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