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Coney Island’s Luna Park evacuated after iconic Astrotower sways

Posted: 5:46 PM, Jul 02, 2013
Updated: 2013-07-02 23:07:42-04

CONEY ISLAND (PIX11) — Firefighters evacuated Luna Park in Coney Island amid concerns about the stability of the iconic Astrotower.

Inspectors are examining the stability of the 270-foot-tall tower, which has been swaying. Some rides, however, are open.  The area around the Astrotower is expected to be closed until Wednesday afternoon for inspection.

Dick Zigun, the so-called “mayor of Coney Island” and the force behind the Coney sideshows and the Mermaid Parade, said it might be much ado about nothing.

WATCH: LIVE VIEW OF THE ASTROTOWER VIA EARTHCAM

“AstroTower is designed to sway, always sways, someone didn’t understand that and panicked called 911 and shut Coney down LOL,” Zigun tweeted Tuesday evening.

Firefighters have surrounded the ride, which was the centerpiece of the old Astroland Park, which operated from 1962 to 2008. The ride has not been used in years, but remains as a symbol of the Astroland, which was much-mourned when it closed.

According to the Coney Island History Project , the $1.7 million Astrotower was manufactured by the Swiss company Von Roll and installed in 1964.