- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 5, 2015

WEST MIFFLIN, Pa. (AP) - A Pittsburgh-area amusement park will beef up security after a weekend scuffle involving 50 to 75 teenagers forced the park to close early.

The fight started in the kiddie rides section of Kennywood Park and then later continued at a nearby McDonald’s, according to WPXI.

Kennywood officials asked for crowd control help from nearby police departments after teenagers became “disruptive and created an uncomfortable situation for other patrons of the park.”

Kennywood Park will add guards and consider a chaperone requirement for children following Saturday’s incident.

Park spokesman Nick Paradise said he discussed the measures with West Mifflin, Duquesne and Port Authority police and homeland security officials, who then made park officials aware of social media techniques that “certainly piqued our interest,” he said.

“In 2015, any business that isn’t monitoring social media is a few steps behind. We do, and we were monitoring it (Saturday night),” Paradise said. “We did not see anything that was a smoking gun, so to speak, that alerted us that we should expect problems.”

Since 1993, park visitors have had to pass through metal detectors and officer inspections.

Authorities say four people suffered minor injuries in Saturday’s fight at the park. No one has been charged.


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