New water park in California closes slide after 10-year-old flies off on opening day

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DUBLIN, Calif. -- Opening Day at a new water park in California took a drastic turn on Saturday after a 10-year-old boy was thrown from a water slide. The slide is closed until the city finds out what went wrong.

Dramatic video captured the moment a boy fell out of the "Emerald Plunge" water slide during the wave water park's grand opening in Dublin.

Fortunately the boy didn't fall from the top, but at the base of the slide.

"The wave took them over the edge of the catch basin. They rode that edge for a little bit and then they got scraped up on the cement," James Rodems said.

The parks and rec director says the 10-year-old didn't need an ambulance. He was treated by first aid and walked away with scratches, but the ordeal put a damper on the first day for the $43 million aquatic park.

"You want everything to go perfect, but it's an aquatics park. Pools are the highest risk functions that we use as a municipality," Rodems said.

Other park goers say they'll still give the slide a go once it reopens because they think the boy may have uncrossed his legs and not followed the rules.

"I heard that some kid wasn't listening to the rules so he didn't close his legs. But a lot of people really wanted to go back on the green slide," a park goer told KRON.

Everyone who rides the Emerald Plunge has to be at least 48-inches tall, but there is no weight requirement. The parks and rec director says that's one thing they'll be looking at as the ride is now being examined by its manufacturer.

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