The Legend Bell Falls - Exclusive Photo's

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This year at Holiday World and the "Stark Raven Mad" event, the bell above the Legend roller coaster fell.  Here are a few exclusive photo's of the events, event.

Welcome to Stark Raven Mad 2001 - Where there is a surprise all the time.
Stark Raven Mad
2001
The bell had just fallen and still swinging when I snapped this action photo.
The bell had just
fallen and still swinging
The bell is still hanging over the Legend's track. The awaiting riders won't give up their space in line, they know the park will have things going soon.
The bell is still hanging over the Legend's track.
Park crew are quick to respond, determining the best way to get the bell down.
Park crew are quick to 
respond, determining the best way to get the bell down.
Taking a rope and bolt cutter up so they can lower the bell safely to the station floor.
Taking a rope and bolt 
cutter up so they can lower the bell safely to the station floor.
The rope is attached, cable cut and ready to lower the bell.
The rope is attached, cable cut and ready to lower the bell.
As the bell is being lowered, everyone began to chear the park and crew for a job well done, and no one was injured.
As the bell is being lowered, everyone began to cheer the park and crew for a job well done, and no one was injured.
These happy riders were the first to return after the ride was started again.
These happy riders were the first to return after the ride was started again.

 

All in fun, the operator who pulled the rope, nobellfornick.jpg (33760 bytes)
can't hide from what happened.

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How did the bell fall?  Well you'd have to ask the operator, but my sources tell me one of the coaster enthusiasts encouraged the operator to give the bell a big yank.
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The weight of the bell pulled the handle and raised the ceiling.  If you look at the picture the ceiling is raised just a little.  Later when the bell was lowered the ceiling recovered from the stress and rested back to normal.
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