Part of Coney Island in Brooklyn, N.Y., was evacuated Tuesday following reports that the Astro Tower ride was swaying.
According to WNBC, emergency officials were checking the structure and its stability as of Tuesday afternoon. Visitors were removed from the area with officials from the New York City Office of Emergency Management reported to be on the scene.
The fire department also tweeted an update saying that the Astro Tower was "unstable."
BKLYN ALL HANDS W 10 ST, (ASTRO TOWER) TOWER UNSTABLE,
— FDNY (@FDNY) July 2, 2013
The Astro Tower stands at 270 feet above Coney Island and provides riders with a 360-degree view of the scenery and attractions surrounding the amusement park.
Update: 7:35 p.m.
The FDNY responded to a 4:20 p.m. call saying the Tower was swaying, said an FDNY spokesman. Luna Park, The Cyclone, the Wonder Wheel and surrounding parts of Coney Island were closed off Tuesday evening reports Newsday.
A video posted on YouTube from 2012 shows the structure swaying in the wind, raising similar structural concerns as what were seen Tuesday. Watch the video below:
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