During the severe Ontario storm this weekend, customers were trapped on rides for roughly 30 minutes due to a power outage at Wonderland.
People can be seen stuck on a ride as the park is battered by high wind and rain in a video posted to TikTok on Sunday that has been seen over 1.3 million times.
The individual recording the video can be heard exclaiming, “Oh my god, they’re just fixated on it.” “They’re just trapped.”
In a statement to CTV News Toronto, Wonderland said they began to close rides Saturday morning due to “a sudden, severe thunderstorm approaching the park.”
They said the ride seen in the TikTok video is the Behemoth, one of the park’s largest rollercoasters.
“A power outage occurred shortly after and several rides, including the Behemoth roller coaster, halted with guests onboard,” Wonderland spokesperson Grace Peacock said. “Ride operations and
maintenance staff worked to evacuate guests as quickly and safely as possible.”
Peacock said guests on the Behemoth were stuck on the ride for about 30 minutes, but no one was injured.
According to Wonderland’s safety procedures, rides are not operated when lightning or inclement weather is nearby.
“The park has a lightning detection system that tells us when lightning is within eight kilometres, 13 kilometres and 15 kilometres of the park,” the park says.
“Rides are staged to be shut down according to this information, based on their height and dynamic. So it might look like clear skies over Leviathan when we temporarily close it, but our staff could be seeing something very different on the radar.”
Source_ The Canadian Press