Slingshot ride cable breaks seconds before aerial launch

Two friends who rode the "Vertical Accelerator" in Panama City Beach, Florida, tell ABC News how one of the bungee cords ripped to shreds.
2:40 | 08/22/19

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Now to a frightening close call at a Florida amusement park. Two men luckily okay after the cable on their slingshot ride shredded just as it was about to launch. ABC's Stephanie Ramos spoke exclusively with them. Some frightening moments. Reporter: Absolutely. This is crazy. This is one of those rides you walk past all the time at an amusement park. Those two friends who went to this amusement park say they got the scare of their lives before the ride even took off. You're going to be screaming like sissies in ten seconds. It's meant to be scary but not this scary. Watch that bungee cord on the left and just seconds before they were supposed to be flung into the air. It rips to shreds. The two men now speaking exclusively to ABC news. I was totally in shock at the moment the cable snapped and I was kind of freaked out while my hands were still stuck in the air not knowing what happened. Reporter: The ride at cobra adventure park in Panama City beach, Florida, known as the vertical accelerator is supposed to work like this. Two giant bungees catapulting riders 300 feet into the air at 100 miles per hour. I was praying right after, thank god it didn't go off. I didn't know what was going to happen if it did went up. Reporter: Amazingly these men avoided injuries. A similar close call in Wisconsin in 2015. Luckily, they were not harmed. But that wasn't the case on this ride in France that same year. Incredibly injuries were minor. Slingshot-style rides like this are common attractions around the country but amusement park expert Ken martin says there isn't enough regulation. You have to understand that in all 50 states there are no two states that inspect rides the same way or regulate rides the same way. The industry for all intents and purposes is self-regulated. Reporter: In the state of Florida the slingshot ride has to be inspected once a year. We did reach out to the amusement park for comment but have not heard back. This video, this is what keeps you up at night as my 8-year-old always asks to get on. As a mom whose daughters force her to go into rides like these which just recently happened against my will what should you look out for? Experts say if the ride seems really torn, unsafe, if you see anybody tinkering with it, that is a sign where you don't want to get on. You want to let somebody know immediately. Or I'll just say no, I'm not going. We're getting off. Complete sense. We'll be seeing a lot more of

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