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Sand Blaster is a steel roller coaster which has operated at six amusement parks. It is currently located at Boardwalk Amusements in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA.
In the 1970s, this roller coaster began operation at Adventureland in Illinois. It was named Super Italian Bobs and operated alongside the smaller Italian Bobs roller coaster.
In 1978 the roller coaster opened as Sidewinder at Legend City in Arizona.
The roller coaster opened in July 1984 at Wild West World in South Dakota. It closed with the park on September 1, 1986. The following year, it reopened at DelGrosso's Amusement Park in Pennsylvania, where it operated until 2003. The spot where it stood is now home to the Crazy Mouse which opened in 2004.
Following a repaint, the ride reopened on July 2, 2004 at Blue Diamond Park in Delaware. Named Blue Diamond Streak, it was one of two roller coasters operating in the state, the other being Orient Express at the same park. Blue Diamond Park closed after the 2007 season however the Blue Diamond Streak remained standing but not operating.
The roller coaster was purchased by the owners of Boardwalk Amusements in January 2012 and immediately dismantled. Problems with the refurbishment of the ride delayed its opening by a year, with the first members of the public riding on August 3, 2013. Later that month, a grand opening was held with Florida governor Rick Scott who cut the ribbon. In February 2017 the ride was closed down after state inspectors found multiple problems with the roller coaster including damaged braces and cracked supports. It reopened later that year. Following an incident on June 14, 2018 the ride is once again standing but not operating.
Blue track, galvanized supports.
3 cars per train. In each car, riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 12 riders per train.
On June 14, 2018 the font car on one of the trains completely derailed, bringing the train to a halt. Out of ten riders on the train six were taken to hospital, including two who fell 34 feet from the front car.