People flooded to this bridge to watch the reactor, seeing a blast of colorful flames shoot up past the very top of the smoke stack. Every person who stood on that bridge died shortly after, having received over 500 roentgens of radiations, which is fatal.
The rest of the town was flooded with powerful waves of radiation, so strong that the entire population of 50, 000 was evacuated, requiring people from the Soviet Union to be FORCED to come and help evacuate people and calm the danger in the plant. Most of said people also died from the radiation.
The funfair built in Pripyat was to be opened on May 1st. The Chernobyl disaster occurred on April 26th, leaving the fair completely abandoned. The ferris wheel remains one of the most irradiated parts of Pripyat since the disaster, making it still dangerous today.
The hospital that took in many of Reactor 4′s first victims for treatment was already exposed to huge amounts of radiation, rendering any attempts to save people useless.
The looming ferris wheel of Pripyat, as well as many broken buildings, inspired a creepy level in Call of Duty. Honestly, it just inspires me to find a fairground that's not creepy as all hell.