Drone crashes into Space Needle as New Year’s pyrotechnics crew watches
The Space Needle has released footage from a drone that circled the Space Needle before crashing into it as New Year’s Eve fireworks prep crews watched. It’s the third drone that the Space Needle has recovered on its property.
The drone is now in the possession of Seattle Police Department, and the incident has been reported to the FAA.
Full footage from the drone is below, fast forward to 2:15 to see the drone zero in on the Space Needle and crash.
Blue Angels arrive today with Space Needle photo op at 6:30pm
Seafair has seemed to sneak up this year! Next weekend is the first in August, and the Blue Angels are slated to perform at Seafair. Their scheduled performances are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – but they arrive in Seattle early this evening.
Here’s the info on today’s arrival and flyovers, including a Space Needle photo op at 6:30pm:
The U.S. Navy Flight Demonstration Squadron, the Blue Angels, are scheduled to conduct a flyover of downtown Seattle near the Space Needle for a team photo shoot, Sunday, July 26, 2015.
The Blue Angels will fly the squadron’s six-jet F/A-18 Hornet Delta Formation over downtown Seattle from south to north, then north to south at least two times. The jets will fly this formation on the west of the Space Needle, with a seventh jet flying alongside as a photo platform.
The flyover will be visible to the general public. The photo shoot is scheduled to take place at approximately 6:30 p.m. PST.
Get ready to hear the roar and find a good spot to watch them perform over downtown tonight!
New Year’s at the Space Needle is just hours away
It’s New Year’s Eve and that means the crew setting up the fireworks display at the Space Needle should be ready to see their work pay off. The New Year’s at the Needle show begins at 11:59pm tonight and will run 8 minutes, with the pyrotechnics set to a musical selection curated by KEXP.
You can catch the show from various Queen Anne viewpoints or you can join the crowds at the Seattle Center. If you choose the latter, expect to be one of about 16,000 people expected at the Space Needle.
Photo courtesy of KEXP
Prior to the fireworks, you can enjoy a free concert by THE NINES at the Seattle Center Armory’s Center Stage. They’ll be performing from 8pm til 11:45pm, and their repertoire includes hits from a variety of genres – The Beatles, Prince, and KC and the Sunshine Band are all on their playlist.
Streets around the Space Needle will be closed starting at 11:30pm, reopening 45 minutes after the fireworks show concludes. Affected streets include 5th Ave N between Mercer Street and Denny Way, and Broad Street between 5th Ave N and Denny Way.
The street closures, festivities, and crowds add up to a good reason to walk if you’re around Lower Queen Anne tonight.
Happy New Year!
Drone flown around Space Needle results in SPD visit
UPDATE: the full Space Needle drone video is back on YouTube (for now):
The Space Needle has hit a lot of web sites this evening, thanks to a “drone strike” reported on the SPD Blotter. From their write up:
Seattle’s famous sky-high tourist attraction is still standing after police received reports of a drone crash Tuesday at the Space Needle.
Space Needle security called police just before 8:30 PM after several guests reported seeing a small drone buzz the top of the Needle, and possibly crash into an observation Deck window. Witnesses then saw the drone—described as a white, quad-propeller unmanned aerial vehicle, equipped with a camera—glide to a hotel two blocks east of the Needle, where it landed inside a fifth floor room.
Police found no signs of damage to the top of the Space Needle.
Security staff pointed out the fifth floor hotel room where the drone had landed, and officers went and contacted a man inside. The man told police he’d just flown his drone past the Needle, but disputed he’d struck anything.
He then showed officers video he’d captured during the drone’s flight, which showed it hovering over the Space Needle’s observation deck as tourists waved. Nothing on the video indicated the drone had hit the Needle.
The man told police he was an Amazon.com employee visiting from out of state, and had recently purchased the drone at a hobby shop. Officers then gave the man a crash course on some of Seattle’s recent drone-related controversies, and he agreed not to fly his drone in public while in town.
The video footage the drone captured was posted to YouTube, but has since been removed. However, many images still hit online articles and Buzzfeed has short video images embedded in their site. You can see people on the observation deck waving to the camera, as well as shots of the city and the Seattle Center:
New Year’s Eve at the Space Needle brings fireworks, crowds, and street closures
Photo courtesy of The Space Needle
Happy New Year! The clock is ticking down to 2014, and the preparations for fireworks off the Space Needle are underway. A heads up – secure you Lower Queen Anne/Uptown parking spot tomorrow (Wednesday) early in the day, or you may lose it for the night.
Curb-side parking is free on New Year’s Day, and the city is advising drivers “who indulge in too many holiday spirits” on New Year’s Eve to leave their car on the street and take a cab or public transit home. They can return for their car the next morning when parking is free (assuming they’re paid up for the 31st and legally parked).
The city expects 15,000 people for the Space Needle fireworks, and it’ll be closing the following streets from 11:30 until 45 minutes after the 7-minute firework display to end, to allow for crowds to dissipate:
- 5th Ave N between Mercer St and Denny Way
- Broad Street between 5th Ave N and Denny Way
Find a good viewpoint on Queen Anne for the fireworks, and Happy New Year!
Buy One Adult Space Needle Ticket, Get One Adult or Two Kids Tickets Free with Bartell Vouchers
As part of the ongoing celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Space Needle, Bartell Drugs has launched “Rocket to the Top of the Space Needle” – beginning today, November 19th, Bartell is offering vouchers for free visits to the holiday-themed Space Needle Observation Deck that can be used through December 30th.
Bartell Drugs is offering vouchers for one free adult or up to two free youth tickets, and all you have to do to redeem them is purchase one full-fare Adult Observation Deck ticket when you arrive at the Needle. Vouchers are available at Bartell Drugs locations while supplies last (so, plan ahead).