Four Carowinds rides closed Friday after Thursday power outage - | WBTV Charlotte

Four Carowinds rides closed Friday after Thursday power outage

(Source: Harry Scheeler, Jr) (Source: Harry Scheeler, Jr)
FORT MILL, SC (WBTV) -

Four rides at Carowinds amusement park remain closed Friday after power outages hit the park Thursday night and left some riders stuck on rides for hours. 

Carowinds says Barracuda Blasters, Sand Dune Lagoon, Southern Sidewinder, and Whitewater Falls were out of service.

All of the closed rides involve water. Barracuda Blasters, Sand Dune Lagoon, and Southern Sidewinder are in the new Carolina Harbor water park. Whitewater Falls is in the "Carolina RFD" section of the park, according to carowinds.com

No one was hurt when power outages hit the park Thursday night, but some riders said they were stuck for two hours before operators began manually lowering the rides to the ground.

A Carowinds spokesperson said all passengers got off of the rides safely and that Duke Energy crews were investigating a blown transformer.

Several viewers called WBTV just after 8 p.m. Thursday reporting riders stuck on roller coasters at the park. Carowinds confirmed the park was experiencing sporadic power outages, but did not initially confirm that riders were stuck.

At 9:45 p.m., park officials confirmed that rides were stopped.

"Around 8 pm this evening, there was a power failure at Carowinds. As a result, there was a partial power outage in the park," said the statement issued Thursday night. "Several rides were stopped and safely evacuated. We are currently lowering WindSeeker to the ground. As always, the safety of our guests and associates is our highest priority."

At the park, riders could be seen on the WindSeeker ride in the air. The ride was not moving and someone appeared to be talking to the riders over a loudspeaker.

UNC-Charlotte student Josh Bryant said he was on the ride with his girlfriend and her family when the power went down. He said they were not happy about the ordeal.

"We have been stuck on the WindSeeker ride at Carowinds for over two hours now. We're finally slowly making our way down at what it feels like a couple inches every 4-5 minutes," Bryant wrote. "It is making us mad that they're taking this long and had a power outage to begin with. I won't be coming back to Carowinds for a long time and recommend others shouldn't either."

Another family said they were stuck on Fury 325, one of the largest roller coasters in the park.

"We was on the front row and it stopped and it got more power and it took off up the hill then it stopped on the hill and my step-brother here and my sister they was panicking, and we was stuck almost in the middle,” said Hunter Sneed.

Charlotte firefighters were on standby at the park while maintenance workers lowered the rides manually.

Medic was on standby during the power outage but there were no reports of injuries.

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