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Oklahoma City's Frontier City temporarily lifts ban on coolers

JOHNNY JOHNSON and ROBERT MEDLEY Modified: August 1, 2009 at 1:03 pm •  Published: August 1, 2009
Tickets to Frontier City will be the usual price this weekend, but until the park’s water supply passes state inspection, customers will be allowed to bring outside food and drink.

"Guests can always get their hand stamped and leave to eat and come back,” Frontier City spokeswoman Andrea Pennock said. "But during this time period we are also letting them bring in outside food and drink, which we don’t normally allow.”

Glass containers and alcoholic beverages are not allowed, Pennock said.

Guests also can buy bottled water for $1 throughout the park, and free water is available from a cooler at the first aid station.

Frontier City closed early on Thursday after harmful bacteria was found in the water supply used for drinking and preparing food.

The amusement park reopened Friday afternoon under a "boil water notice,” which means it was not allowed to serve fountain drinks with ice or sell any food that had to be prepared on site.

Because the boil order only affected water meant for consumption, the Mystery River Log Flume and the Renegade Rapids remained open and were not affected by the E. coli contamination.

E. coli dangers
People who visited Frontier City and drank from the water fountains two weeks ago probably shouldn’t worry about getting sick from the bacteria, Oklahoma City-Oklahoma County Health Department workers said, because in most cases symptoms present themselves within 24 hours.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, the Oklahoma City-Oklahoma County Health Department had no reports of anyone becoming ill from E. coli from drinking water at Frontier City or eating food there.

Health department spokesman H.R. Holman said he hates to talk about specific symptoms that could be caused by E. coli since he’s not a doctor.


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