Amusement park installs metal detectors

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. -- A suburban Pittsburgh amusement park has installed metal detectors to screen all customers for hidden weapons.

Officials at Kennywood Park, which has been operating for 96 years, said Thursday an increase in gang-related violence had prompted their decision.


Kennywood also has changed admission policies and strengthened its dress code to prevent all gang colors or gang-inspired clothing. Kennywood's director of community relations, Andrew Quinn, said people who display colors or who put on gang-related clothing after entering the park will be thrown out without getting their money back.

Kennywood also will not sell general admission tickets after 7 p.m. to anyone under 21, unless they are accompanied by a parent. The West Mifflin park closes between 10 p.m. and midnight.

Quinn said, 'We have a reputation as a place for clean, family fun and we wanted to prevent any problems before they happened.'

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