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The Today File

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July 24, 2014 at 3:58 PM

SPD: Reports of drone strike on Space Needle greatly exaggerated

To paraphrase Mark Twain, reports of a drone strike on the Space Needle were greatly exaggerated.

On Tuesday evening, several guests at the Space Needle reported seeing a small drone buzz the top of the landmark and possibly crash into an observation deck window, Seattle police said. The witnesses said they then saw the camera-equipped drone glide to a hotel two blocks east of the Space Needle, where it landed inside a fifth-floor room.

Space Needle security then contacted police.

Officers investigated and found no sign of damage to the Space Needle.

Officers then paid a visit to the hotel room/drone landing pad, where they spoke with a man inside, according to police.

The man admitted he’d just flown a drone past the Space Needle, but claimed the unmanned aircraft didn’t hit anything. He showed the 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 Space Needle, police said.

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.

Police said the man agreed not to fly his drone in public while in town.

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