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Fright Night at Boone Hall Plantation experiences real life scare

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) -

Organizers of Fright Night at Boone Hall Plantation are making changes after a real life scare.

"I have personally been in the haunt industry for 25 years," said Trey Smith, Owner of Dream Vision Entertainment. "I know I've put over half a million people through haunts, built them and designed them and without incident."

Smith builds and operates Fright Night at Boone Hall every year and said he's never had any accidents, until now.

A 24-year-old woman is recovering from a concussion and deep cut on her head, after being hit with a steel beam that fell in their haunted house over the weekend.

The accident happened near the very end of the haunted attraction, outside, when a steel beam partially fell to the ground, according to Smith. He said they don't know what caused the beam to topple over, because it'd been used many times before with no problems. It is one of two beams, standing vertical, that hold up an actor on a bungee cord. Smith said it was a new actor that night who may have been bouncing too aggressively.

Smith said regardless of how it happened, he's not taking the accident lightly.

"People don't know what they're walking into and that's part of the fear is the unknown," said Smith. "They don't know what I'm setting them up for. It's my job, and my crews job, to make sure that we give them the illusion of there's an element of danger...without there ever being danger."

Smith said the steel beams have since been anchored to the ground with strong supportive steel cables.

Smith said before their attraction opens, the fire marshall inspects it. 

"We started building this the first of May, this isn't something we throw up in a week," said Smith.

Each day before they open their doors to patrons, Smith said his crew does a walk through of the haunt.

"We go through every scene, one scene at a time, checking everything to make sure all the props are secure," said Smith.

Most of the props, aren't what they seem for safety reasons. Metal chains are really plastic, spikes are made out of Styrofoam.

Smith said this accident was a big reminder for his team that safety needs to remain a top priority.

"It's a very rare and isolated incident but it is one I'm going to make sure doesn't happen again," said Smith.

Other Lowcountry businesses, like Legare Farms and Cypress Gardens, also host Fall festivals and build their own haunts. Both tell Live 5 they do frequent safety checks. Legare Farms also has a liability insurance inspector come in and go through all the possible safety hazards the farm may have overlooked.

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