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In this photo, women are pictured on a ride at an amusement park in the West Bank city of Tulkarem, July 1, 2017. Getty Images

One person was killed and seven others were left injured after an amusement ride at the Ohio State Fair called "Fire Ball" malfunctioned Wednesday evening, which was the opening day of the fair, NBC Columbus reported.

The incident was confirmed on the Ohio State Fair’s official Twitter account. "We are investigating and will report information as available," the tweet said.

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Battalion Chief Steve Martin, a spokesman for the Columbus Fire Division said that the accident occurred at 7:20 p.m. EDT Wednesday when several people were thrown out from the "Fire Ball."

The victims were taken to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Dr. David Evans at the medical center told reporters "multiple passengers were ejected at high speed, at high energy more than 20 feet or more," according to the Washington Post.

According to Martin, five out of the seven injured were in a critical condition while two were said to be stable. One of the victims included a 13-year-old girl. The name of the victim killed in the incident has not been released yet, however, it was revealed that the deceased was a man, the Columbus Dispatch reported.

According to the newspaper, the man was "thrown from the ride" and was killed on the spot. One eyewitness at the scene told the Dispatch "he heard a loud sound of metal cracking then looked to see two men being thrown off the ride, one of them from up high."

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The cause of the malfunction was not immediately clear, however, authorities said they inspected the fair Monday before its opening Wednesday. Other rides were closed down after the incident.

An Ohio State Fair attendee shared photos of the scene on his Twitter account.

In a statement Wednesday, Ohio Governor John Kasich offered condolences to the victims and assured that a full investigation will be conducted. He also ordered all rides to be closed until then.

"I am terribly saddened by this accident, by the loss of life and that people were injured enjoying Ohio's fair," Kasich said.

A video of the incident posted on YouTube captured the moment which showed seats of the ride breaking off and people's bodies flying through the air. "The whole car went flying off and over the side while in motion," a witness told NBC News.

The fair attracts hundreds of thousands of people every year and is scheduled to run through Aug. 6 this year. According to fair organizers, over 921,000 people attended in 2016, NBC News reported.

"It's such a fun fair. This is just a real tragedy," fair-goer Susie Buchanan told NBC affiliate WCMH of Columbus.

"You know, you come over here you think you’re going to have a lot of fun and then you end up with something like this. This is just really a shame for those families," she said.