Kings Island: Son of Beast coaster demolished in seconds

10:40 AM, Oct 4, 2012   |    comments
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MASON -- Eight seconds is all it took to reduce Kings Island's Son of Beast roller coaster near Cincinnati into a twisted heap of metal and wood.

Earlier this summer, park officials decided to forever silence the troubled attraction after it sat dormant since 2009.

Demolition of the wicked wooden ride started late last month.

When Son of Beast first opened at Kings Island in May 2000, it was the world's tallest (218 feet) and fastest (78 mph) wooden coaster. It was also the first wooden coaster to feature a looping element.

According to a blog post on Kings Island's website, Son of Beast was made of 1.65 million total feet of timber. Put end to end, that comes to 312 miles -- or the distance from Kings Island to Wrigley Field in Chicago.

Park officials say the space that will be opened up by Son of Beast's eviction will be used for future expansion.

Throughout its short life, the Son of Beast was shut down several times due to issues with its performance -- including one instance in which more than two dozen people were hurt.

Son of Beast delivered more than seven million rides before it was put to sleep.

Kings Island is owned by Cedar Fair, the parent company that also operates Cedar Point in Sandusky.

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