Allegheny County and Pittsburgh police, along with officers from several Mon Valley communities, converged on Kennywood Park in West Mifflin late Saturday night in response to reports of gunshots and injuries in the park.
Officers responded to the park shortly before its scheduled closing at 11 p.m. Saturday. In a tweet at 12:02 a.m. Sunday, Pittsburgh Public Safety said city officers are “assisting in reporting shots fired at Kennywood.”
Other tweets from park-goers and onlookers also showed swarms of marked police cars from multiple communities as well as an Allegheny County Mobile Crime Unit vehicle.
No information was immediately available on the extent of potential injuries or arrests, although county police announced at 12:30 p.m. that there were no longer any active shooter situations in the park.
Kennywood officials tweeted a brief statement early Sunday saying the park had closed after “a situation that arose [Saturday] evening” and that they were working with the police.
Park security officers as well as County and West Mifflin police were already at the park and “responded immediately” to the situation, they said, adding that “the safety of our guests and crew members is our top priority.”
The park is closed for the night and all guests are out. We are aware of a situation that occurred tonight and are working with local law enforcement. (1/2)
— Kennywood (@Kenny_Kangaroo) September 25, 2022
Saturday night was the first night of the park’s Phantom Fall Fest, which it describes on its website as a “spooky season’s signature event.”
“Come early for family fun, including festive food and a unique fall atmosphere. PLUS enjoy your favorite roller coasters and rides during the day! ‘extreme with seven haunted houses and four scare zones,’ reads the event description.
Traffic was jammed around the park early Sunday due to heavy police presence in and around it. Kennywood Boulevard reopened to traffic shortly before 2 a.m.
Kennywood’s rules posted on its website prohibit weapons of any kind in the park and in cars parked there.