'Miners Revenge' Kings Dominion attraction draws ire of miners, families
RICHMOND, Va. (AP/WJLA) - The union representing America's mine workers is speaking out against a Virginia theme park's Halloween attraction that depicts an underground mine disaster.
The United Mine Workers of America is raising concerns about Kings Dominion's "Miner's Revenge" Halloween Haunt attraction.
The Doswell amusement park's website describes it as miners that were left entombed deep underground following a mine disaster searching for the men who left them to die and get revenge.
The attraction, and the park, closed down for the year on Sunday.
In an email statement, union spokesman Phil Smith said the attraction is an insult to the memories if the thousands of miners who have died in America's mines.
Kings Dominion said in an email statement to WWBT-TV that the attraction was not designed, nor intended, to depict a specific situation.
The families of miners in West Virginia were especially taken aback by the attraction, with many telling WCHS in Charleston that the danger for miners should not be depicted as simply a diversion.
“It's very offensive for someone to try to profit off of our loved one’s death and off of our pain, because this is very painful," Clay Mullins, the brother of a man killed in the 2010 Upper Big Branch Mine disaster, told WCHS.
Twenty-nine people died in the explosion at the Upper Big Branch Mine.