Popular theme park closes and cancels Halloween event due to potential gunfire threat

A popular theme park had to close, cutting short the first nights of its Halloween event due to unruly behavior from guests.

Visiting a theme park is a fun experience for the whole family, with different attractions, entertainment and dining offerings, special events and more. However, to maintain this family environment, theme parks around the world have certain rules and regulations that customers must follow to ensure their safety and that of employees.

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Unfortunately, Carowinds – in Charlotte, North Carolina – had to close an hour earlier than scheduled last night, cutting short the second night of the park’s highly anticipated Halloween event as several groups of miners engaged in unruly and dangerous behavior, with even rumors of an armed threat against guests and associates.

Carowinds (@Carowinds) shared the following statement on the park’s social media:

Park update for Saturday, September 17, 2022.

Twitter user @GabrielJarrett2 posted a video of guests rushing to leave the park, screaming as they were unsure if there was a real gun threat inside the park.

Carowinds be wild’n

User @leahlaughlove says she and other guests experienced a shooting at the park and commented that many park associates froze in the crisis, adding that they were long overdue for training.

WTF just performed at #carowinds /// #scarowinds

never seen so many yellow jerseys freezing in a crisis….long overdue for training

We had a shootout, fun new fact about me, thank you very much

User @Martmane shared his disappointment with the park’s security and control measures, saying, “When I dropped my son off tonight, I had no idea I would have to pick him up from a crime scene! I’ll call first thing Monday to cancel our passes!

Jason Harper (@JasonHarperTV), Fox Charlotte news anchor, shared a video of a search helicopter circling the park but mentioned that at the time there were no reports that could confirm or deny the presence of a shooter in the park.

Look for a helicopter in @Carowinds after people were running and screaming saying someone had a gun. No report to confirm it. I am here with 2 of my daughters. Scary at #Scarowinds. @Queen_City_News

Jason shared some updates on the safety and evacuation process he and his family went through at the park and commented he appreciated all the measures put in place to keep everyone safe, adding that he and his daughters had an amazing time last night.

As reported by WNC Charlotte, Carowinds officials denied the presence of an active threat during last night’s events. They confirmed that the presence of Medical York County services and first responders were a precaution as the various services had not been called to the scene for reports of gunshot wounds.

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At the time of publication of this article, the Park website continues to show the dates and times for SCarowinds, its Halloween event, which means the event will likely continue as planned. However, Carowinds has not released any further information regarding the unfortunate incident or future plans for the park’s safety measures. Inside the Magic will let you know if theme park officials announce any changes.

Earlier this year, Inside the Magic reported on a similar incident at Knott’s Berry Farm in California, which stems from several updates to the park’s security and control measures, including the implementation of a accompanying policy, stating that minors cannot enter the park. unless accompanied by a companion aged 21 or over.

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Knott’s Berry Farm in California is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, along with Carowinds and other theme parks across the country. Given the success of the companion policy at the California theme park, it is highly likely that a similar approach will soon be implemented at Carowinds and possibly other theme parks operated by Cedar Fair. However, no official information has been released regarding this decision. Inside the Magic will let you know when an official statement is released.

Were you at Carowinds when the incident occurred? What do you think of this situation? Let us know in the comments below.

Joseph K. Bennett