Spokesman: Motor locks up on Dollywood’s ‘Lightning Rod’ coaster, causing smoke


PIGEON FORGE (WATE) – Officials at Dollywood say a motor locked up on its new Lightning Rod roller coaster causing some visible smoke, a photo of which became heavily circulated on Instagram.

Spokesman Pete Owens says the ride was not open and no one was riding at the time. The ride did not catch on fire. The photo resulted in a number of humorous memes being posted to the social media site, with hashtags such as “#prayforlightningrod.”

Owens says the incident had nothing to do with the recall that forced the temporary closure of the ride only days after it opened to the public. Ride manufacturer Rocky Mountain Construction recalled a mechanical part and ordered all parks that use their rides to shut them down until further notice.

The park spokesman says the motor has already been replaced and the ride will reopen as soon as they are finished replacing the recalled part.Previous story:Dollywood’s ‘Lightning Rod’ closed for recall

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