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Ghost Town Actor Hurt In Shooting Accident

Posted: Updated: 7/16/2013 7:44:39 PM
State investigators are looking into the circumstances of an injury during a gunfighter shootout at the Ghost Town amusement park in western North Carolina. State investigators are looking into the circumstances of an injury during a gunfighter shootout at the Ghost Town amusement park in western North Carolina.
MAGGIE VALLEY, N.C. -

State investigators are looking into the circumstances of an injury during a gunfighter shootout at the Ghost Town in the Sky amusement park in western North Carolina.

The N.C. Department of Labor says they received a complaint that the park had no medical personnel or water on-site to help an actor who was allegedly hit with shrapnel from a shotgun firing blanks during a recent performance.

The incident happened the day after the park reopened on July 6.

7 On Your Side was unable to reach the owner.

Many local businesses are hoping the wild west-theme park will survive. In 2009, the former owners filed bankruptcy.

Steve Hurley who owns a restaurant less than one mile from the entrance to Ghost Town says it was a big loss for the community, but he is excited about its future.

"We don't want to live in Gatlinburg or Pigeon Forge or Myrtle Beach, but we do want to bring back out tourists that have gone there [Ghost Town] for 50 years," Hurley said.

While the park is open, it is not yet fully-operational.

Labor Department spokesman Neal O'Briant says the park had three kiddie rides and chair lift to pass inspection for this year's season.

Amusement parks are inspected on a yearly basis. O'Briant says any rides not up to code are not allowed to run.

If a park makes the needed repairs, it can request another inspection.

As for the complaint pending against Ghost Town, O'Briant says that inspectors will interview witnesses, the victim and management.

Ghost Town could be fined up to $7,000 for each violation.

This is the first occupation safety complaint the Department of Labor has received about the park, according to O'Briant

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