East Coast(er) General
I haven't seen this posted yet, so I thought I would do so for those interested.
Dismantling of Knott's Windseeker underway
By REBECCA KHEEL / ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
BUENA PARK – Knott’s Berry Farm has begun tearing down its 301-foot-tall Windseeker ride.
The park announced in August that its parent company, Cedar Fair, was moving the ride to Worlds of Fun in Kansas City, Mo., following two incidents in September 2012 when riders were stranded in the air. The ride will be renamed Steelhawk.
Windseeker is a swing ride that takes people 300 feet in the air and twirls them at up to a 45-degree angle for about 60 seconds.
After the two stranding incidences, the state Division of Occupational Safety and Health shut down Windseeker. Knott’s installed a new evacuation system, but Cal-OSHA later found the ride’s ladder did not comply with state rules. Rather than replace the ladder, Cedar Fair opted to move the ride to a state where the ladder is allowed.