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Busch Gardens power restored after Williamsburg-area outage

Posted at 11:34 AM, Jul 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-13 13:38:20-04

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. — The power is back on at Busch Gardens Williamsburg after theme park lost power for more than an hour Friday morning.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg Spokesman Ron Vample said power was restored about 11:45 a.m.

The theme park is located in an area where more than 3,000 Dominion Energy customers lost power.

“Busch Gardens Williamsburg has been affected by this morning’s power outage in the surrounding area,” a park spokesman wrote on Twitter. “We have been in contact with Dominion Power and hope to return to normal operations as soon as possible. Water Country USA is open and operating normally.”

Vample said just before noon that the park should “fully operational” shortly.

Dominion Energy officials said the cause of the outage was a line failure at 10:30 a.m.

Suzy Kiefaber said she was riding the Loch Ness Monster roller coaster when the park lost power.

“The ride came to a complete stop about minute in, just before the tunnel. After 10 minutes sitting at a standstill, park attendants came to evacuate us. We were luckily near some stairs and were able to get down safely,” she said.

Suzy Kiefaber after evacuating Loch Ness Monster during Busch Gardens power outage.

A Dominion spokesperson said the utility expected the power to be restored by 12:30 p.m.

Busch Gardens was handing out refreshments to some park guests while they waited for the power to be restored.

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