Calif. roller coaster screams exceed decibel limit, too loud for neighbors

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland
By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) -- A Northern California roller coaster appears to have been a little too much fun.

The Gold Striker at Great America in Santa Clara had to be taken offline this week because riders were screaming too loudly.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that the shrieks were exceeding the decibel limit agreed upon in a settlement with Prudential Real Estate, which owns adjacent properties.

Because of that. Great America had to cover a portion of the track in a sound-dampening tunnel. The wooden roller coaster reopened on Wednesday after the work was completed.

"Great news regarding Gold Striker," reads a post published Wednesday on park's Facebook page. "An additional 70 ft. tunnel, similar to the initial descent tunnel, has been added and the ride is better than ever. Feel the rush today"

Great America calls the Gold Striker, which opened on June 1, the tallest and fester wooden roller coaster in Northern California. The track is more than 108 feet high and the first drop is more than 103 feet. The trains reach speeds of more than 53 mph.

California's Great America is located just 45 minutes South of San Francisco and just minutes from San Jose in the heart of Silicon Valley.

California's Great America on Facebook