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Six Flags ride breaks, stranding patrons in the air

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An amusement ride at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson broke unexpectedly over the weekend, leaving passengers suspended 100 feet in the air on a cold night.

Kaitlyn Pitts, a Six Flags spokesperson, said Monday that the SkyScreamer shut down Sunday night after its safety sensors detected an error, causing an emergency stop.

According to NJ.com, 10 riders were stopped mid-air, about halfway up the 242-foot tower.

Pitts says no one was injured and the riders were returned to the ground after about nine minutes.

Six Flags' website describes the SkyScreamer as a swing-based ride that spins at about 40 mph.

Pitts says the ride was back to fully operational status about 20 minutes later.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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