Anaheim, CA -
Over the weekend at Disney's California Adventure Park, across the street from Disneyland, their signature roller coaster, California Screamin', was briefly shut down after a woman's purse fell from the ride and onto the track, triggering the ride system to stop the coaster. A train of 15 riders was stopped mid-ride about 30 feet above ground for about 45 minutes. Local firefighters arrived quickly and the riders were transferred to the ground via bucket truck safely with no injuries. The ride re-opened later in the day.
This is not the first time that California Screamin' has had issues involving loose articles. In fact, on two different occasions this summer, the ride has had to shut down for similar incidents where riders took out selfie sticks during the ride in an attempt to photograph and video the ride experience. Since then, selfie sticks have been banned from Disney parks.
California Screamin' opened in 2001 with the park, features a 0-55MPH launch, is one of the longest steel coasters in the world at 6,072 feet, and features a vertical loop inversion. Like many other Disney rides, California Screamin' features drawstring pouches for loose articles such as hats, cell phones, and purses.