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Video of Son of Beast being torn down
10-05-2012, 11:35 AM
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Video of Son of Beast being torn down
That's how long it took to reduce Kings Island's Son of Beast roller coaster into a twisted heap of metal and wood.

You might say the troubled coaster, once a signature feature at the park and the only looping wooden coaster anywhere, went out with a bang.

Crews brought down the $10 million coaster with cables Tuesday a little more than a week after work began to dismantle the ride to make room for future park expansion.

Son of Beast was heralded as the world's tallest, fastest and only looping wooden roller coaster when it opened in 2000. The track climbs to a 218-foot peak, followed by a 214-foot drop; its trains would reach speeds of 78 mph.

But its history was troubled from the start. A string of accidents, closings, repairs, five lawsuits, settlements and one trial would ultimately shutter the ride.

Officials from Kings Island's parent company, Cedar Fair Entertainment Co. and park management spent three years weighing all possible alternatives before ultimately deciding to raze Son of Beast, said Don Helbig, park spokesman.

"We weren't satisfied with the ride's performance," he said.

Son of Beast will be taken down "the same way it went up" - in sections, Helbig said. He is unsure what will happen to its parts.

It will take several months to fully dismantle the ride, which includes 53 concrete pilings, about 6,000 feet of steel track, 50,000 pounds of nails, 225,000 bolts and 1.65 million board feet of wood, he said.

Officials don't yet know what they intend to do with the 12 acres that Son of Beast will vacate in the park's north end.

"We're going to have a lot of room to work with for future expansion," said Helbig.

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