A North Carolina roller coaster closes for repairs after a crack is found in a pillar

A North Carolina roller coaster, Fury 325, has closed for repairs after a crack was found in a support pillar.

The initial discovery: The crack in Fury 325’s pillar at the Carowinds amusement park was initially spotted by a visitor around a week ago.
* The park only closed the ride for inspection on Friday after pictures of the crack circulated on social media.

Inspection and repairs: Carowinds officials confirmed that the ride is under inspection and will remain closed until repairs are completed.
* Inspectors from the North Carolina Department of Labor’s Elevator and Amusement Device Bureau are set to investigate.
* No injuries have been reported in connection with the damage.

The coaster in focus: The Fury 325 is described as the “tallest, fastest, longest giga coaster in North America,” with a height of 325 feet and top speed of 95 mph.
* Visitors took to social media, describing witnessing the pillar shift as the coaster passed by it.

Public response: Some park-goers have expressed hope that this incident will lead to more inspections and safety checks in the future.
* Despite the recent events, a previous visitor stated her intention to ride Fury 325 again once repairs are completed.

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