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State seeks to ban "walk on water" balls

Posted by Rob Anderson  December 8, 2010 04:05 PM

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I'm on the record taking the controversial stand against amusement rides in Massachusetts in which people seal themselves in giant plastic balls and roll themselves around giant water-filled pools. This, of course, was an especially counter-intuitive pose to strike after a little girl almost suffocated while trying out the ride in Kingston's Independence Mall recently.

It looks like the Massachusetts Department of Public Safety agrees. According to the Cape Cod Times:

"They're just unsafe to my mind," said Massachusetts Department of Public Safety Commissioner Thomas Gatzunis about the so-called "walk on water" balls. He is recommending that the devices not be used while state officials develop a law to ban them.

Two cheers for common sense.

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