Power Outage Shuts Down Roller Coaster, Rides at Morey's Piers in North Wildwood

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    A power outage in North Wildwood stranded some people on rides at Morey's Pier on the boardwalk. Everyone was evacuated and no injuries were reported. (Published Monday, Aug 11, 2014)

    Several people were stuck on rides and a roller coaster after a power outage hit Morey’s Piers in North Wildwood, New Jersey.

    Half of Morey's Surfside Pier, at 26th Street and the Boardwalk, lost power due to a surge Monday night, according to North Wildwood Mayor Patrick Rosenello.

    Connor Augustine, 18, tells NBC10 he first noticed the outage around 9:45 p.m.

    "I walked up and saw a bunch of emergency vehicles," Augustine said. "Kids were stuck on the roller coaster and most of the pier was shut down."

    Amusement pier owner Jack Morey said the outage shut down 14 rides, including The Great Nor'easter inverted roller coaster, leaving several people stuck. 

    The Nor'easter train was stuck at the end of the ride until it could be safely brought into the coaster's station by maintenance engineers.

    Morey said passengers on each of the rides were safely evacuated.

    "When kids are stranded on a ride it causes concern and we take it seriously," he said.

    Power was restored around 10:30 p.m.

    Officials continue to investigate the cause of the surge and outage.