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A drone takes a spin around Seattle’s Space Needle in this spectacular video

Zachary M. Seward
By Zachary M. Seward

Chief executive officer


Seattle police were called this week to investigate reports that a drone had crashed into the Space Needle. The officers didn’t find any evidence of damage to the landmark, but did get to watch this spectacular piece of evidence:

The police posted this account to their blog:

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 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.

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