When you live in Seattle, as I do, you get used to the landmark 605-foot (184-meter) Space Needle becoming a mildly bizarre, Jetsons-y part of your daily life.
A Christmas tree made of lights gets plopped on top of it in December, the Seahawks 12 flag flies from the Needle when the football team has a big game, and fireworks shoot off around it on New Year's Eve and July 4. My daughter even grew up with a series of children's books about a friendly monster named Wheedle who lives on the Needle (don't miss the one where he gets a kitten!).
But you also get a little protective of the looming landmark, so seeing a drone smash into it is unnerving.
The Space Needle has released video taken by a drone, not affiliated with the landmark, that circled the monument in late December as workers were atop the building prepping for the New Year's Eve fireworks display.
First, the drone captures some neat footage of the Needle and surrounding city, but at about 2:17 into the video, it seems to change course and slams into the Needle's top, much to the surprise of the pyrotechnic workers. Talk about trying to thread the eye of a needle, and missing.
"It looks like the drone tractor beam we installed on the Space Needle is working," Space Needle CEO and president Ron Sevart said in a statement. "This is the third time we've recovered a drone on our property."
The Needle wasn't damaged, but the incident was reported to the FAA and the video turned over to the Seattle Police Department.
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