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Teen recovers from 20ft fall from rock climbing wall at Wyandotte Fair

WYANDOTTE, Mich. – Horrified witnesses saw a young teenager fall 20 feet from a climbing wall at the Wyandotte Street Art Fair on Friday.

“It’s a good thing he’s fine, but no one should have to go through this, not even to see him,” said a local resident.

Another local woman added: “I would be terrified if it was my child and upset if something like this happened.”

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According to the police, the safety cordon broke, causing the boy to fall on the concrete.

Deputy Chief Archie Hamilton said the seller Airborne Bouncers was insured for up to $1 million and had signed a liability agreement.

“In this contract, they tell us that everything is safe and that we have to take their word for it. We are not a regulator,” Hamilton said.

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Local 4 News has learned that Airborne Bouncers have not been inspected by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

The state agency said: “This type of activity does not fall under the Carnival Entertainment Safety Act of 1966, the General Carnival and Entertainment Safety Rules and the code which requires LARA to inspect rides and therefore is not subject to inspection by LARA.

“It’s something that we need an agency, a state agency to regulate, that makes sure this equipment is in working order,” Hamilton said.

Wyandotte Police will report the incident to LARA and end the criminal investigation.

Meanwhile, parents say they fear it could happen again at another street fair.

“I used to go to their house all the time with the kids, but now something like this is happening,” the local woman added.

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