'Suspicious item' forces Kings Island to close early

'Suspicious item' forces Kings Island to close early
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MASON, OH (FOX19) - Kings Island closed 30 minutes early Tuesday night after officials found a suspicious item near the park.

The item turned out to be a "basic firecracker," Mason police said Wednesday morning.

Mason police were called to Kings Island after security staff noticed the item just outside the park's perimeter, Communications Director Chad Showalter said.

The park was shut down while authorities investigated the item.

"The safety and security of our guests and associates is Kings Island's top priority," Showalter said. "The item was determined not to be a threat and the park will open at its regular time on Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m."

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