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Power outage strands some on boardwalk rides

Walking the Ocean City boardwalk. (Bill Barlow for WHYY)

Walking the Ocean City boardwalk. (Bill Barlow for WHYY)

A power outage brought rides at a New Jersey boardwalk to a halt, leaving some passengers stranded.

The outage struck Playland’s Castaway Cove in Ocean City around 8:30 p.m. Monday.

[Related: When the sun goes down, Ocean City boardwalk lights go up in N.J.]

Amusement park Vice President Brian Hartley tells the Press of Atlantic City riders were evacuated as part of their procedure. Ticket refunds were given to those affected.

He says power returned to the area after about 20 minutes.

The outage was the result of Atlantic City Electric crews temporarily interrupting power to remove a malfunctioning piece of equipment, according to utility spokesman Frank Tedesco.

The outage impacted about 800 customers.

“Crews immediately replaced the equipment to alleviate the possibility of a more lengthy service interruption for customers,” Tedesco told the Cape May County Herald in an email. “Brief interruptions like this are sometimes required to perform necessary work on the local energy grid to maintain safe and reliable service for customers.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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