Exploding prize basketball injures woman at Six Flags Over Texas

Posted Tuesday, April 22, 2014 8:31 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Her family says Rosemary Ferrand is fortunate to be out of the hospital after a basketball she was carrying at Six Flags Over Texas exploded on Sunday afternoon. Ferrand was carrying the ball under her arm when it burst unexpectedly.

Read more and see video from WFAA/Dallas.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:05 AM
D_vo's avatar

Oh please let this be the end of inflated basketballs as prizes.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 9:37 AM
Jason Hammond's avatar

I was going to say the same thing. But, I wouldn't count on it. It might mean selling them at a lower pressure or uninflated. But, the reason people like them as prizes is they provide instant gratification.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:15 AM

And faster than instant annoyance.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:28 AM
OhioStater's avatar

I can smell a lawyer from here.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 11:15 AM
rollergator's avatar

I believe it was about 12-15 years ago that a park actually did go ahead and try to give uninflated balls as prizes. The participation at the games took a major hit, and the idea was deemed a failure. I don't think anyone else wants to try that solution.

Although, I do have to wonder how/why someone inflated the ball SO much that it would explode without even bouncing...

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:17 PM

These things aren't NBA quality. I'm not surprised that you would start seeing some failures at some point. The question now is, who inflated the ball? Was it shipped already inflated, or was it done by park staff? Compressed air is something you should not take lightly.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:37 PM

Well, no, it shouldn't be taken lightly, and I'm sure it was VERY painful and scared the crap out of this lady and plenty of other patrons. However, a trip to the emergency room for that? They want the medical bills paid for? What am I not getting here? It would be nice of Six Flags to pay for the ambulance and the bill just as an apology, but I can't see why on earth it should be expected. I'm not saying there couldn't possibly have been a danger, but this seems really oh-so-dramatic for a bad jump scare and a couple bruises.

Last edited by bunky666, Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:43 PM

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:47 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Dutchman said:

Compressed air is something you should not take lightly.

Indeed.

Helium on the other hand...


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:48 PM
Vater's avatar

Mother of God, I swear I was about to post the same thing, verbatim.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 12:59 PM
Lord Gonchar's avatar

Marry me.


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Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:05 PM
Vater's avatar

I didn't predict that, however.

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