Suspicious item closed Kings Island early Tuesday

    Kings Island opens to the general public for the 2018 season on Saturday and there are some new additions for this summer. (WKRC, File)

    MASON, Ohio (WKRC) - Thousands of people were surprised when Kings Island closed early Tuesday night. The amusement park says there was a suspicious package.

    Kings Island closed about 30 minutes early when security officers spotted a suspicious item just outside the park's fence.

    Chad Showalter, Kings Island's communications director, said Mason Police asked that the park be closed so that they could investigate. The item was determined to not be a threat but Kings Island didn't say what it was.

    Kings Island will operate as normal Wednesday.

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