An apparent power outage at the Carowinds amusement park left park-goers stuck on roller coasters and rides late Thursday.
The power went off parkwide at about 7:50 p.m. and stayed out for two or three minutes, according to Harry Scheeler, who was in the park at the time.
“All of a sudden someone came over the loudspeaker saying not to panic,” Scheeler said.
Afterward, people were stuck on at least three rides — the roller coasters Afterburn and Intimidator and a rotating swing ride called WindSeeker, the tallest in the park.
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At the park, riders could be seen on the Windseeker ride in the air, according to WBTV. The ride wasn’t moving and someone was talking to riders over a loudspeaker. Around 9:30 p.m. park personnel appeared to be manually lowering the ride, Scheeler said.
It was unclear whether the problem was with electricity inside the park or a greater outage. Duke Energy wasn’t reporting any outages nearby.
WindSeeker, which is 301 feet tall, has been a source of almost annual problems at the park.
The ride malfunctioned in July 2013, stranding 64 passengers high above the amusement park for more than an hour.
A year earlier, in June 2012, the ride's safety system activated, suspending 25 riders about 30 feet off the ground for nearly three hours.