13-year-old boy gets trapped inside Carowinds' claw machine

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Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Teen boy gets stuck inside claw machine at Carowinds
Carowinds reports the young boy got stuck while trying to steal items from inside the machine.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- A 13-year-old boy got stuck inside a game machine at Carowinds on Sunday afternoon.

It happened around 2 p.m. at the Charlotte-area amusement park.

Park officials said the teen was trying to steal items from inside a claw machine game called Cosmic XL Bonus Game.

Carowinds' medical response team was able to get the boy out of the machine and administer first aid. He was then released into the custody of his guardian.

Carowinds announced Tuesday that the boy had been banned from the park for 1 year.

In a statement released to ABC affiliate WSOC, Carowinds said "The safety and security of our guests and associates is Carowinds' top priority."