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Dollywood Lightning Rod Roller Coaster Recalled – or Part of It

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By    |   Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016 09:53 AM

Dollywood's Lightning Rod roller coaster was shut down a week after it opened because one of its parts was recalled, reported The Tennessean.

The amusement park, located in Pigeon Forge, about 28 miles southeast of Knoxville, posted a notice on its website saying the ride was temporarily shut down until further notice.

"We aren't sure how long Lightning Rod will be closed for, but as soon as we receive the part we will expedite the process of replacing it to get up and running as soon as possible," Peter Owens, Dollywood's director of media/public relations, told The Tennessean.

WBIR-TV reported that Rocky Mountain Construction, which manufactured the ride, ordered the recall for most of its roller coasters around the world. It was the second time the Lightning Rod has been stalled.

The ride was scheduled to open to the public in the spring but the manufacturer delayed it and asked for extra time to "commission the ride," said WBIR-TV.

The Knoxville News Sentinel said the $22 million roller coaster was part of a $300 million investment in Dollywood and its associated properties, including the new Dollywood DreamMore Resort.

The roller coaster, which reportedly reaches speeds of 73 miles per hour and climbs 20 stories, noted the News Sentinel. Owens told the Knoxville newspaper that it was built with enough wood to create a small subdivision and winds around a steep hill.

"It was very challenging terrain, a lot of really steep hills and so forth," Owens told the News Sentinel earlier this month. "We settled on this (hill) location across from the Jukebox Junction area of our park, which is all new terrain for us. We started setting footers in late May of last year. During the latter part of the fall we really started construction in earnest and we completed construction this spring."

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