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Riders stranded on towering Texas fair ride

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Riders stuck on the Stratosphere ride at the State Fair of Texas. (Kristy Huggins via CBS 11)

[Updated @ 11:50 p.m. CT]

DALLAS - Firefighters rescued two dozen people who were stranded in midair late Friday on the Stratosphere swing ride at the State Fair of Texas.

No injuries were reported, but witnesses told Dallas media outlets that the riders dangled in their chairs for two hours.

"Loud applause as Stratosphere makes its way down to the ground," KXAS-TV reporter Ellen Goldberg wrote in a tweet at 11:22 p.m.

"All 24 riders are safely on the ground," Dallas police posted on Facebook at 11:30 p.m. "Riders have been reunited with their families and friends."

The spinning ride reaches as high as 200 feet above the ground, according to

Dallas news station CBS 11 said the ordeal began about 9 p.m. CT when the ride lost power.

It's been an eventful day at the nation's largest state fair. Friday morning, Big Tex, the fair's 52-foot iconic cowboy statue went up in flames.

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