VIDEO: Power outage shuts down portion of Cedar Point

UPDATED:
Melissa Topey
Aug 19, 2014

topey@sanduskyregister.com

Cedar Point suffered a power outage Sunday night to a portion of its park, leaving some visitors stranded on rides.

The outage happened about 8 p.m.

“All of the affected rides’ safety systems worked as designed and all guests were quickly and safely escorted off of those rides. All of the rides opened Monday morning at their normal times,” Cedar Point spokesman Bryan Edwards said.

He did not know how many visitors were stuck on the rides or how long they were stuck in the air.

Edwards did not disclose which rides were affected.

Gary Mortus, spokesman for Ohio Edison, said one ride that was affected was the popular Millennium Force.

The problem began when a piece of Ohio Edison’s underground cable failed, Mortus said.

Crews arrived at the park and were able to reroute power back that portion of the park.

They were there until about 1:15 Monday morning, Mortus said.

Crews will be back in the park within the next couple of days to dig up and repair the underground cable itself. Work will be done at night to minimize any inconvenience to guests in the park.

Failures do not happen often and the power company does not like them to happen at Cedar Point, he said.

“We do not want to strand riders,” Mortus said.

This is not the first utility failure to hurt the park this season.

In June, a water main break forced the park to close for several days.

In July, the park had to contend with a cable breaking  on Skyhawk, injuring two riders and forcing the ride to close for several days.

A freelance photographer from Michigan and his girlfriend reported to a Michigan television station they were stranded for 20 minutes on Iron Dragon. They posted selfies from the ride during the power outage.

Watch the video in the player below