The Massachusetts Department of Public Safety today ordered all owners and operators of Yo-Yo amusement devices manufactured by Chance Rides Manufacturing Inc. ("Chance"), a Kansas-based company, to immediately cease operation of all Yo-Yo devices in the Commonwealth until an inspection has been performed by a State Inspector. The order comes in the wake of an incident in California where a Yo-Yo device failed catastrophically and injured several patrons over the weekend.

Although the cause of the California incident is still under investigation, the Department took this step as a precautionary measure to ensure that owners have complied with all of the safety bulletins issued by Chance for these devices.

Currently, there are 4 Yo-Yo devices licensed in the Commonwealth. Owners were notified of the directive and ordered to immediately cease operation of the Yo-Yo device in a letter sent by Commissioner of Public Safety Thomas G. Gatzunis and posted on the Department's website.

"My first priority is for the safety of patrons on these rides. The regulations require that owners comply with all safety bulletins issued by the manufacturer, and I have taken this action to ensure that this has been done, and that these devices are safe to operate" said Commissioner Gatzunis.

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