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Coney Island Evacuation

by Associated Press

 Whiskeygonebad , Flickr

Coney Island evacuated after tower sways

The iconic Coney Island amusement park has been evacuated after reports of a swaying 275-foot tall observation tower.

The New York Fire Department says a report that the Astrotower was unstable was called in around 4:20 Tuesday.

A spokeswoman for Luna Park says the amusement area was evacuated and closed at 5 p.m. as a precaution. The park normally closes at 11.

Officials from various city agencies, including the police and buildings departments and the city's office of emergency management, are investigating.

Astrotower, which was installed in 1964, has not been in use since 2010. It once offered visors 360-degree views of the Atlantic Ocean and Brooklyn. It sits across the street from the Coney Island Cyclone rollercoaster.

Winds were not a factor at only 5 to 10 mph.



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