6 Children Electrically Shocked on a Connecticut Amusement Park Ride
Six children at Connecticut's Ocean Beach Park were allegedly struck by electricity while riding an amusement park ride
Police and fire department personnel arrived at the park around 1:51 p.m., and found multiple people claiming to have suffered electrical shock, police said in a press release. All injured riders were taken to nearby Lawrence+Memorial Hospital for treatment. None of the parkgoers suffered serious injuries.
WTNH-TV confirmed that the six victims were children.
“The most serious injured had some small burns on the palms of his hands from when he touched the metal railing when he was getting off the ride,” New London Deputy Police Chief Peter Reichard told WTNH-TV.
The Scrambler ride was closed the rest of the day, Tuesday, as police further investigated what caused the electrical surges, NBC Connecticut reported. All rides were cleared to re-open Wednesday by investigators, a spokesperson for Ocean Beach Park told PEOPLE in a statement. The New London Police Department did not immediately return PEOPLE’s request for further comment.
The wiring for all of the beach’s boardwalk rides runs underground, according to WTNH-TV. Parkgoers told the news outlet that many of the rides are old.
“Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our guests, and we never want anyone to have a negative experience when they come to the park,” the Ocean Beach Park spokesperson said. “As soon as the incident took place, we took immediate action to call authorities and have the ride operators cease operations until we could ensure safety.”
The incident follows several at amusement parks in recent weeks, including the death of 10-year-old Caleb Schwab at the Schlitterbahn Water Park in Kansas City, Kansas.
Ken Martin, a Virginia-based consultant who has worked on amusement park safety for more than 20 years, previously told PEOPLE that there is no consistent standard of regulation in any state for amusement parks. It is the responsibility of each state to decide how they want to oversee such parks.
“The amusement park industry for all intents and purposes is self-regulated,” Martin said, adding, “That means they get to make their own rules and they get to do as they see fit for the most part.”