Drone strikes giant Ferris wheel on Seattle's waterfront

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Posted: Nov 12, 2015 9:05 AM

(Reuters) - A drone crashed into the Seattle Great Wheel, an enormous attraction on the Pacific Northwest city's waterfront, on Wednesday night, but no injuries or damage were immediately reported, according to the Seattle Times.

Police were investigating the drone strike, which took place at about 4:45 p.m. Wednesday at the Ferris wheel, which stands 175 feet (53 meters) tall, the report said.

It was unclear who was operating the craft, which was confiscated after it tumbled to the ground and crashed through a table, according to the news report and a photograph posted on Twitter.

Seattle police were not immediately available for comment on Thursday.

While drone strikes are unusual in Seattle, this was at least the second in recent months. At the Pride Parade over the summer, a drone crashed into a downtown building and then struck a woman in the head. The operator of that drone was charged with reckless endangerment.

(Reporting by Barbara Goldberg in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn)