Drone flown around Space Needle results in SPD visit
Posted on July 24th, 2014 by Laura Fonda
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: