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Ghost Town Fined For Safety Violations

The owner of a mountain amusement park is responding after the park was fined for firearms safety violations.

The State Labor Department fined Ghost Town in the Sky $2,000 after an employee claimed he was hit by a fragment from a blank used during a staged gunfight this past summer.

The state says Ghost town used blanks, but in guns that could fire live ammunition and some guns had triggers removed.

John Hemingway runs WNC Carry Firearms Sales and explains what could happen and how to prevent it.

"Any type of blank firing devices, you'd want a blockage in the barrel to ensure that nobody on the opposite end of the barrel would be injured from any debris that would come out," said Hemingway.

Ghost Town was told they should use guns that have triggers and can "only" fire blanks.

Owner Alaska Presley says they've made the changes.

"And I've got everything now that's, I know that's kosher.  I know that it's fine and everything that's legal," said Presley.

Ms. Presley can choose to pay the fine, dispute it, or call for a conference with the Labor Department. She decided to meet with the state.

By Rex Hodge

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