Wildwood NJ Boardwalk Dracula's Castle walk through and subsequent 2002 fire

Wildwood NJ Boardwalk Dracula's Castle boat ride. Very dark, so your monitor might have to be adjusted.

Walk through.

And on January 16th, 2002 -- two punks burned it down.

Dark in the Park writes:

The juveniles that started the fire were students from Wildwood High School who were playing hooky from school that day. According to their confession, they broke into the rear of the castle and worked their way to the front. Because there was no power in the castle during the winter, they lit torches made from old rags and aerosol cans to help them see through the dark. The torches caught fire to the castle and eventually engulfed it in a matter of minutes. They ran from the castle after they realized the fire was out of control.

In April of 2002, the teens were sentenced to three years' probation and other penalties for starting the fire. These penalties included 90 days of community service, participation in the Fire Hawks program operated by the county Fire Marshal's Office, their continued attendance to family counseling sessions, and to write an essay apologizing for their actions, describing what they did and its implications. The boys also had to pay $2,500 to the state Violent Crime Compensation Bureau, and could have no contact with each other for the length of their probation.

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