Teen jumps from skyride to dodge storm

July 10, 2012 at 1:09 PM
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SEASIDE HEIGHTS, N.J., July 10 (UPI) -- A New Jersey teenager who jumped 35 feet from a boardwalk ride that lost power said she was afraid of an oncoming thunderstorm.

Melanie Rossomando, 17, said she was on the Sky Ride at Seaside Heights' Casino Pier amusement park to celebrate her birthday when the ride lost power and she soon saw that the metal ride was in the path of an oncoming thunderstorm, WNYW-TV, New York, reported Tuesday.

"We were three seats away from getting off and then it stopped," Rossomando said.

The teenager said she decided she did not want to be on the ride if it got struck by lightning, so she threw her belongings out of the ride, kicked off her shoes and jumped down to the beach about 35 feet below.

Rossomando said she suffered a few bumps and bruises from her fall.

"Thank God I didn't break anything," Rossomando said.

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