Rockslide closes Niagara Falls attraction early

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NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (AP) -- A natural attraction at Niagara Falls is closed for the season earlier than planned after a small rockslide.

New York State Parks officials closed the Cave of the Winds on Saturday after several large rocks tumbled onto the path overnight and damaged several gates and railings. Nobody was in the area when the rocks fell.

The Cave of the Winds had been scheduled to close on Wednesday, along with the Maid of the Mist.

A parks spokesman says the rockslide was probably caused by heavy rains.

State parks officials periodically send scaling crews to search for loose rocks along the gorge. A crew is scheduled to come on Monday to check for loose rocks and remove any that appear to be at risk of falling.

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