A huge metal bolt narrowly missed injuring a family at Blackpool Pleasure Beach when it fell from the popular Big One roller coaster.
The family, believed to be from Scotland, were enjoying a day at the attraction when the falling debris struck the ground nearby.
According to reports in a national newspaper, a four-year-old boy had to pulled out of the way by his pregnant aunt.
Bosses at the Pleasure Beach confirmed foot-long bolt had come loose from the 235ft ride and hit a building on its way down.
Nobody was hurt in the incident, which happened earlier this month.
A Pleasure Beach spokesman said: “On Sunday August 9, a 320mm bolt came away from the Big One structure at Blackpool Pleasure Beach.
“The bolt was positioned on the return bend of the structure and we believe landed on the roof of a building before coming to rest on the floor by the Hendry family.
“When the Hendry family brought it to our attention they were met by our Park Operations Director who explained the circumstances of the incident and offered sincere apologies on behalf of the company.
“The ride was then closed for checks by our engineers and re-opened later in the day.”
It has been reported the family were offered a refund and a free one-day pass following the incident.