Update: A total of 62 individuals have been rescued from pods on the Orlando Wheel at @iconparkorlando. Rescue climbers are still conducting rescues. Additional info to follow. https://t.co/WmvReRAyZl pic.twitter.com/9QAGhbiFDV— OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) January 1, 2023
As Orange County Fire Rescue noted, the rescued riders were scattered throughout 20 pods. Elsewhere on social media, video of the power failure itself began circulating, providing a harrowing visual — complete with sparks flying — of what ultimately necessitated the fire-rescue team’s operation:
Final Update: More than 60 people have been safely rescued from more than 20 pods. All pods are now empty and units have cleared @iconparkorlando. All rescue climbers on duty responded to the scene, with additional off duty rescue climbers also responding to assist if needed. https://t.co/1Bz7jrI1jV pic.twitter.com/PIXDD2pPLg— OCFire Rescue (@OCFireRescue) January 1, 2023
In a statement to WOFL-TV on Saturday night, ICON Park acknowledged the power outage and fire-rescue’s assistance in evacuating the riders. “The Wheel lost power Saturday night and we’re working with the Orange County Fire Department to safely evacuate guests,” the statement read. This was the second time in 2022 that The Wheel, specifically, has raised some eyebrows. Back in July, ICON Park actually announced it was pausing a new game that was playable from within The Wheel. Originally dubbed “Bullseye Blast,” the game involved park goers using prop guns from within The Wheel’s pods and shooting various targets scattered about the park from the unique vantage points that a Ferris wheel provides. The ride was met with fierce backlash and criticism because it was “insensitive” to the issue of gun violence. An ICON Park statement to WKMG-TV noted that because of the backlash, the park was pausing and ultimately redesigning the game. [firefly_poll] “Some non-guests and community members expressed that they considered the toy shooting device used to be insensitive. The attractions industry has many similar games which use similar shooting devices, so that is what we were limited to when exploring the game. However, we believe that a device can and should be designed which does not offend anyone in the community. We look forward to leading this new innovation. “During the design process we will pause the current version of the game. Just like all electronic games are improved over time, we will pursue a new design that will deliver the same level of customized fun for guests, in a way that the entire community can embrace.” The Wheel remained closed on Sunday, according to WFTV-TV in Orlando. It was not clear when it would reopen. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
🚨#BREAKING: Multiple People Trapped on the Massive Farris wheel after it lost power📌#Orlando | #FL Multiple emergency units are on scene at Orlando icon Park as multiple people are trapped at the Eye ferris wheel after it lost power as electrical sparks can be seen sparking pic.twitter.com/ubnR8Bg4cm — R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) January 1, 2023