Parts of Coney Island will remain closed on Wednesday

Posted at 11:16 PM, Jul 02, 2013
and last updated 2013-07-03 14:59:30-04

CONEY ISLAND (PIX11) – Crews will return on Wednesday to Coney Island’s Luna Park to evaluate the structural integrity of the Astrotower.

Areas around the tower were evacuated on Tuesday afternoon after the structure started swaying in the wind.

Officials with the NYC Department of Buildings tested and observed the structure Tuesday evening. They report there was more than the normal or typical amount of “sway” in the tower. A deputy commissioner says the area around the tower could be closed until at least noontime.

The 275-foot tower was built in 1962 but has not been operational for at least 5 years.

Other parts of Coney Island (including the boardwalk and sections of Luna Park) will remain open. The Brooklyn landmark has been anticipating a big holiday celebration. A few weeks ago, a light display on the historic parachute jump was unveiled.

UPDATE: as of 3 p.m. Wednesday, the area around the AstroTower in Luna Park remains closed (including the Cyclone roller coaster). Other areas, including the boardwalk, are open and the annual hot dog contest will be happening on the 4th.