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Cedar Point storm ready

From the 13abc.com


Last night, severe weather took aim at Cedar Point. But thanks to a new certification the park was ready for it.

Cedar Point is now the first commercial site in Ohio to become Storm Ready certified.

Basically, that means it is ready for any type of weather situation and it came in handy over the weekend.

On any given day, thousands of people pack Cedar Point looking for thrills, but sometimes Mother Nature gets in the way. On Sunday, severe storms tore through Sandusky and put staff there to the test.

Annie Zelm from Cedar Point says, “We have Lake Erie and the Sandusky Bay right here so we’ve done a number of things to make sure we’re extra prepared.”

The center of it all, is the Cedar Point Police Department. It’s where officers always have their eyes on the sky.

Sgt.  Ron Gilson says, “Obviously you watch the weather as the clouds come in and we pick it up on the radar.” The department uses, not one, but two radars to track the storms.  “It shows the park really well. A closer view to cedar point.”

They even use security cameras to monitor the current conditions.

“You never know when things are going to pop,” Gilson says.

When severe weather is on the way, authorities send out a digital alert that can be heard across the park urging everyone to take cover.  Many of the park’s restaurants, restrooms and arcades serve the same purpose and are marked to direct guests where to go.

Zelm says the procedures were put into place over the weekend. “We knew to issue an all-park digital alert. We had a tornado warning.”

Cedar Point staff say these steps and many more are what help keep thousands of people safe every summer.  Because when you head to Cedar Point it should be about fun.

The park also has trained storm spotters that are there at any given time watching the weather. They also special instruments to clock wind speed and track lightning to ensure that everyone will stay safe.

American Heroes Weekend and Father’s Day: Savings, Food and Fun for Everyone!

Cedar Point Press Release

SANDUSKY, Ohio – Cedar Point will honor public safety personnel and members of the armed forces and their families with a savings of nearly $14 on admission tickets during American Heroes Weekend, Friday through Sunday, June 18-20. On Father’s Day, the Sandusky, Ohio, amusement park/resort will also serve an all-you-can-eat picnic barbeque for dads and guests of all ages.

For American Heroes Weekend, public safety personnel and members of the armed forces, along with their family members, can purchase a regular one-day ticket to the park for $32, a savings of more than 30 percent. Tickets can be purchased at any admission booth. A valid ID must be presented at the time of purchase.

To celebrate Dad’s big day, there will be several special deals available at the park all weekend long. Friday through Sunday, June 18-20, Cedar Fair Platinum Pass and Cedar Point Season Pass-holders can purchase a one-day ticket for $19.99, perfect for fathers. (Limit one ticket per season pass per day.)

For added value on Father’s Day, Cedar Point’s Picnic at the Point meal will be served from 1-3 p.m. in the Coral Courtyard on Sunday, June 20. The all-you-can-eat picnic, ideal for hungry dads, will feature broiled Johnsonville brats, fried chicken, hot dogs, baked rigatoni, potato salad, baked beans, cookies, ice cream and assorted Pepsi beverages. Tickets can be purchased online at cedarpoint.com or at the park’s admission gates. Platinum Pass and Cedar Point Season Pass-holders can purchase one meal and receive a second meal for half price.

Cedar Point is the deal location for a family getaway. Its mix of thrill rides such as the Top Thrill Dragster and Millennium Force roller coasters, family favorites and attractions geared toward young families provides a full day of fun for guests of all ages.

The park also offers a variety of award-winning entertainment featuring musical revues, free-wheeling skateboarders and a new ice-skating show with Snoopy and the PEANUTS gang.

Through Sunday, June 27, guests can register to win a new X324 or z445 John Deere lawn mower. Entry forms can be obtained at Cedar Point’s Guest Services, the Town Hall Museum or by mail.

For more information, visit cedarpoint.com or call the park’s General Information Line at 419.627.2350.

Pa. man faces charges for fake bomb at Cedar Point

From the Sandusky Register


A Pennsylvania man was charged with inducing panic for allegedly planting a fake bomb in Cedar Point’s parking lot.

Kelly L. Albrecht, 27, of Cranberry Township, Pa., was arrested at about 6 p.m. Friday when he returned to his vehicle after visiting the amusement park, officials said.

The simulated bomb — which one police official said contained wiring of some sort — was placed under Albrecht’s vehicle earlier that day, near the front of the main parking lot, Cedar Point spokesman Robin Innes said.

Innes said a police investigation determined Albrecht was responsible.

He said there was no video footage of the event and did not want to publicize the evidence authorities used to make their case.

“Let’s just say we did an investigation and made an arrest,” Innes said.

Because he lives out of town, Albrecht was able to push back his initial hearing in Sandusky Municipal Court until next week. He was charged with a first-degree misdemeanor count of inducing panic.

The bomb scare occurred at about 10:20 a.m. Friday when a Cedar Point visitor noticed a small, suspicious device lying in the parking lot and notified park officials.

Police cordoned off the area until the Lorain County Bomb Squad arrived several hours later.

Using a radio-controlled bomb robot, bomb squad members placed the device between two trees in an unoccupied grassy area along the Cedar Point Causeway and destroyed it with a high-powered water gun.

The device ripped into pieces and police determined it posed no threat.

Although it was a hoax, police said the device looked dangerous enough to justify taking every precaution to remove and disable it.

Cedar Point officials did not know any more Monday about the materials used to make the device, but they said it was nothing elaborate.

“It was harmless,” Innes said.

Albrecht did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Bomb squad destroys “suspicious object” at Cedar Point

From the Sandusky Register


A suspicious object found in Cedar Point’s parking lot this afternoon was destroyed by Lorain County Bomb Squad members on the causeway about half a mile outside of the amusement park’s entrance.

Police officials said they did not know what the small object was. The object, whatever it was, backed up traffic on the Cedar Point Causeway and caused alarm as fire, police and bomb squad members were called in.

Read all about it in Saturday’s Register.