Phantasialand fire injures dozens

Posted Thursday, May 3, 2001 8:18 PM | Contributed by Gemini

A fire aboard a roller coaster at Germany's Phantasialand caused more than fifty injuries. There were no deaths.

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Friday, May 4, 2001 6:59 AM
Most of the CNN-article reads correctly, just one fact has to be corrected, the coaster is not made merely out of wood, or even has had a wooden structure. The Schwarzkopf steel speedracer was build into an artifical rock formation, which itself was constructed with wood and special synthetic coverings which enhanced the fire.
Friday, May 4, 2001 12:41 PM
What started the fire?

No Lapbar, No Seatbelt, No Problem!
Friday, May 4, 2001 3:38 PM
Geez that was a big fire. $13 mil.

Rollercoasters are the secret of life!
Saturday, May 5, 2001 3:03 PM

Please scroll down for the English press text.
In other news, there were some real bad press mistakes, which made terrible PR for the park. The biggest german boulevard newspaper (which is just awful) posted a photo with a chain, which closed a fire exit...
But then, it became clear that the gate was signed by the fire while the chain was completely new and installed by the police after the fire. Congratulations for this great recherche...So, a massive headline with pure bullsh...
Phantasialand will now dismantle the rest of the buildings and reduce the entrance fees.

P.S. Some more pics you can find under
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