Blackpool Star Flyer ‘fenced in’ by fire trucks for ‘training exercise’

Several fire engines were seen on the Blackpool promenade around the huge Star Flyer amusement ride.

The vehicles were first spotted around 9:50 a.m. this morning (23 November).

An engine could be seen unloading fire ladders at Europe’s tallest traveling merry-go-round as it was parked near the new merry-go-round.

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However, there is no cause for alarm, as it is understood that the firefighters were there for a training exercise and that there was no problem with the amusement ride itself.

Eyewitnesses saw the training exercise take place before the amusement ride went through a test drive. Members of the public were also asked not to be concerned as this was not a true emergency incident.

The Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service has also confirmed that there were no active emergency calls to the Fylde Coast during the ride test.

One person told LancsLive: “It’s all wrapped up. But we just said it’s a training exercise. They came, climbed the ladder, looked around and then tested the ride. “

It comes days after Star Flyer passengers were left stranded in the air over Blackpool after the ride malfunctioned on its first day of operation at the resort.

The Star Flyer, which was moved to the Promenade in front of Blackpool Tower, opened to the public for the first time on Sunday.

However, just hours after opening, there was an apparent problem with the ride that saw passengers suspended in mid-air. Onlookers suggested the disruption was caused by a power cut and took photos and videos which were posted on social media.



Firemen on Blackpool Promenade next to Star Flyer

It is believed that the occupants of the ride were stranded for about eight minutes before being taken to safety.

It comes after the ride was dismantled last week from its original location in St John’s Square, outside the Winter Gardens, on orders from Blackpool Council.

The ride, which is 210 feet tall and almost half the height of Blackpool Tower, arrived at the resort as the main attraction of the Winter Gardens Wonderland festival.

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Richard V. Johnson