Published: October 12, 2009 at 10:47 AMAs all of my comments will remain (truly) anonymous: I was working at a park when a guest was struck by lightening in the parking lot several years ago. Unfortunately in this instance, the incident was fatal.
Not long after I first started in the industry, I also saw lightening strike a creek outside the park lines, but only about 50 yards from several water attractions. It was definitely one of those times where you felt it in the hair, hair tingling, and the radio on my hip making some strange noises.
Between both of these experiences, I take lightening in the area very seriously.
Published: October 12, 2009 at 11:01 AMCan I tell a story about our owner/president?
It was back in the mid-'90s, just a year or so after The Raven wooden roller coaster premiered. Will Koch was back on the track, adjusting the on-ride camera shortly before opening.
It was one of those out-of-nowhere lightning strikes. The thunder was simultaneous. BOOM! Folks at the front gate hit the ground; it was that loud.
Right before the strike, Will was calling someone on the 2-way. I'm embarrassed to admit no one immediately thought to check on him. Oops.
Best we could tell later on, the strike hit a tree next to the track and traveled along the circuit, knocking Will to the ground.
I won't say he had smoke coming out of his ears, but he was a bit bruised and his 2-way was toast.
Once we knew Will was okay, the puns and teasing began (and continue to this day). His striking personality ... you get the picture.
Does Will now have super-human powers, since he was sort of struck by lightning? Well...we just set a new seasonal attendance record. In this economy, that news is a bit, um, electrifying. :0)
Published: October 12, 2009 at 11:02 AMNever been hit by lightning, but earlier this season at Cedar Point I was working during what was probably the worst storm of the summer. Once it got really bad, word started spreading that a tornado had been sighted over the lake near Maverick, and a ride operator came and got us from the caricature stand I was working at and we hid under the Magnum. The tornado never made it to land, but it was a pretty intense evening regardless.