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Knott's doesn't know why WindSeeker shut down, stranding riders

This post has been corrected. See note at bottom for details.

Crews at Knott’s Berry Farm on Thursday have been unable to determine why the popular WindSeeker ride shut off and stranded 20 passengers 300 feet in the air late Wednesday afternoon.

“All I know is that the safety security system went off and it shut down the ride and we’re closing it down until we find out why,” spokeswoman Jennifer Blazey said.

Blazey said park officials reported the incident to Cal/OSHA  -- although, she said, they were not required to because no one was injured in the incident. Some riders, however,  waited 3 ½  hours before being lowered to the ground.

Each ride at the Buena Park amusement park is inspected daily, she said, and could not speculate as to when it would be reopened.

This is the second time this month the attraction has been shut down. It was shut down for three hours on Sept. 7 for similar problems.

The WindSeeker goes in a circular motion, taking passengers 300 feet into the air at 25 mph in two-person gondolas.

[For The Record, 9/20, 12:55 p.m.: An early version of this post incorrected said the incident has been reported to the Department of Occupational Safety and Health.]

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