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Crews tear down iconic coaster destroyed by Sandy

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A crane demolishes the Jet Star roller coaster on May 14, more than 6 months after it fell into the ocean during Superstorm Sandy in Seaside Heights, N.J. The Casino Pier contracted Weeks Marine to remove the wreckage of the iconic roller coaster from the surf.

By Daniel Arkin, Staff Writer, NBC News

A roller coaster that was plunged into the Atlantic Ocean after Superstorm Sandy ripped through the Jersey Shore last October and became a symbol of the devastation was being demolished Tuesday afternoon.

The partially submerged Jet Star coaster was once a popular destination at Casino Pier, an amusement park in Seaside Heights, N.J. But when Sandy ravaged the Jersey shoreline, destroying parts of the pier, the coaster tumbled into the ocean. Read the full story.

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Workers use a crane to remove remnants of the Jet Star roller coaster on May 14. Crews on Tuesday began dismantling and removing the Jet Star and other amusement park rides submerged nearby. The cleanup was expected to take about 48 hours, according to Casino Pier, which owns the rides.

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Workers continue to rebuild the boardwalk in Seaside Heights, N.J., on May 14, that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. Jersey shore towns up and down the coast are racing to finish rebuilding their boardwalks in time for Memorial Day weekend and the arrival of tourists in two weeks.

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A man watches the removal of the Star Jet roller coaster on May 14, 2013 in Seaside Heights, N.J.

Crews have started dismantling the remains of a Seaside Heights, N.J. roller coaster tossed into the ocean during Hurricane Sandy. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.

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Residents of the Northeast are still picking up the pieces after Superstorm Sandy.