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Iconic Sandy roller coaster torn down

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 00:56

May 14 - ''The Jet Star,'' a roller coaster that was dumped into the ocean during Superstorm Sandy was dismantled. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) The towering frame of "the Jet Star" roller coaster, washed out to sea by Superstorm Sandy got dismantled and removed more than six months later on Tuesday (May 14). Crews began tearing down the Jet Star and other amusement park rides submerged in the Atlantic Ocean, nearby the boardwalk of the beach community of Seaside Heights, New Jersey. The cleanup was expected to take about 48 hours according to Casino Pier, which owns the rides. Afterwards, a thorough sweep through the ocean floor was promised. The giant structure was a reminder of the storm that slammed into New Jersey on October 29, ravaging the coastline, causing $30 billion (USD) in damage. Casino Pier is planning to open a temporary replacement for the Jet Star called "Superstorm," named after Sandy to symbolize the resilience of New Jersey residents. It will swing thrillseekers on a giant pendulum. But for locals, watching the ride get removed hit an emotional nerve. Dominic Norden used to ride the Jet Star as a child. A section of the pier, including rides, will open this summer while the full rebuilding is slated for 2014. More than 130 people throughout the U.S. Northeast died as a result of the storm.

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Iconic Sandy roller coaster torn down

Tuesday, May 14, 2013 - 00:56