VIDEO: Horror as French fairground ride snaps

Thrill-seekers somehow escaped largely unscathed after an elastic rope snapped on a "slingshot" ride at a theme park in southern France.

VIDEO: Horror as French fairground ride snaps
The thrill seekers were lucky to escape with their lives. File photo: AFP
For those who are already scared of amusement park rides, now might be a good time to look away. 
The video below, which was uploaded to YouTube on Friday, captures the exact moment one side of the elastic snapped on a slingshot ride  – also known as a reverse bungee – at Luna Park, at Cap d'Agde on the coast of southern France. 
It had been viewed more than half a million times by Monday morning.
After the slingshot catapults its passengers into the air, the elastic snaps on the way down, violently jolting the cable as the crowd below gasps and cries out in shock. 
The cable car continues to bob up and down, smashing into the stanchion to the right of the screen before eventually coming to a stop. 
See the video below. The slingshot takes off at the 35-second mark.
Paramedics were soon on the scene, with a 24-year-old woman suffering from a broken leg, reported the local Hérault 24 newspaper. The other person on the ride was not seriously injured.
Theme park officials blamed the accident on a “manufacturing defect” in the elastic. An investigation has been launched.


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Civil War bomb detonated at Spain’s newest theme park

Police explosives experts have destroyed a Spanish Civil War-era bomb found at the building site of a historical theme park in central Spain, emergency services said Thursday.

Civil War bomb detonated at Spain's newest theme park
El Sueño de Toledo opened on August 30th. Photo:

The bomb was detected Wednesday at the Puy du Fou amusement park under construction near Toledo, the ancient Spanish capital near Madrid, and was safely detonated, regional emergency services said in a tweet.

“No injuries or property damage were suffered,” it added.   

The theme park being set up on a 160-hectare site on the outskirts of Toledo is the first to be built outside of France by Puy du Fou, which already operates one in western France that is known for its ostentatious historical re-enactments featuring actors, stunt performers and epic fireworks.   

Total investment is to reach €242 million ($266 million) over 10 years, and 690 direct jobs are expected to be created in 2021 when the park is scheduled to open.

Last week about 4,000 spectators watched a premiere of the park's show, which traced Spanish history since the 13th century on a five-hectare stage complete with an artificial lake.

The discovery of explosives from Spain's 1936-39 Civil War is not uncommon.   

Last month, police experts destroyed another Civil War-era bomb found in the sea off one of Barcelona's popular beaches, which had to be evacuated.