The legendary Colossus Ride at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California caught fire early Monday afternoon.
According to KTLA, the Los Angeles County Fire Department was called to the scene at 1:30 p.m., when they were met with a lot of smoke coming from what appeared to be one of the higher points of the roller coaster. The fire is currently out and was started accidentally by welders. “The fire at the top of the lift hill at Colossus is now out,” Sue Carpenter, a spokeswoman for Six Flags Magic Mountain told Cougar News. “It was started while work was being done to disassemble the ride.”
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A lift hill from the ride completely collapsed, but luckily the amusement park was closed and no one was injured. According to Six Flags‘ Twitter account, the ride has been closed since August 17th for renovations, now it looks like it will be in for the long hall.
The roller coaster first opened back in 1978 as the tallest and fastest wooden roller coaster in the world. The first drops are greater than 100 feet. It is being renovated to become the Twisted Colossus, which will have steel tracks and steeper drops.
As TMZ pointed out, the Colossus has been featured in shows and movies such as National Lampoon’s Vacation, Wonder Woman and the great Step by Step.