[Video below.] Part of Coney Island’s amusement park has reopened while workers examine the condition of a 275-foot-tall observation tower that was swaying.
Areas including the Coney Island Raceway and the B&B Carousel opened around noon today. But such attractions as the Cyclone roller coaster remain closed while authorities checked out the Astrotower.
The initial assessments were that the unused Astrotower was stable, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
“But we’re keeping the area right near the tower closed until we’re certain, and that includes Luna Park, the Cyclone and the Wonder Wheel,” he said.
The FDNY, the Office of Emergency Management and engineers from the buildings department are continuing to inspect the Astrotower Wednesday.
“We want to make sure that Coney’s open to everybody, but safety is, obviously, everybody’s first priority, so we will have an abundance of caution, but we are optimistic,” Bloomberg added.
Luna Park was evacuated and closed at 5 p.m. Tuesday as a precaution after the fire department received a call around 4:20 p.m. that the tower was swaying.
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