I just caught this on Channel 12 News here in Cincinnati (no link to this particular item yet). The main marquee sign outside of Paramount's Kings Island collapsed last night (around 2:00 am) due to an effect from the strong winds we had causing the bottom part of the sign to cave in. This is the first time this has happened in 31 years at the park after they park had just recently redone parts of the sign, mainly the message board, for this season.
note: The park *will* be in operation today.
Anyone know more or have a link yet?
-Danny ------------------ Coaster Insomniacs- Coastin' the Night Away *** This post was edited by Koaster King 9/27/2003 8:03:38 AM ***
I heard about it on channel 5 news here in Cincinnati this morning. They showed the sign and it was demolished. You can't even tell what it used to be. It is just a pile of twisted steel. I'm glad the sign was all that was damaged, and I'm glad it happened at night when the park was empty.
This was big news at the park today with guests and workers alike... The fact that it's been standing at the park since opening year (that's 31 years) came up a lot. I found it to be of at least of equal importance to when a part of Vertigo fell down at Cedar Point. Yea, I'm not sure why major storm damage happening at one of the biggest parks in the US would make news in Cincinnati.
Driving home from the work today brought me right past the sign in its mangled, destroyed form. Thinking about it, the winds required to bend that thing over had to be impressive, as it looks like there some nice steel beams in there. If I only had a camera, it's a pretty big thing that the sign is gone, since it has been there since I believe year one. As for other damage, there were several light posts toppled on KI drive and there was a crew working on traffic lights also on KI drive, looked like the storm ripped several lights from the wire. Inside the park I am not aware of anything major in terms of damage, I was not even aware that one of the stores had water damage, and I even work in Merch! Around the park the nearby Kings Schools complex had heavy damage, with a majority of their busses damaged in one way or another, and part of the roof of the middle school roof being ripped off. Quite an impressive storm, I'd say.