NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The area around the iconic Astrotower on Coney Island was to remain closed until further notice, after the tower appeared to be swaying in the wind more than usual Tuesday.
As CBS 2’s Hazel Sanchez reported, most of Luna Park was evacuated as a precaution during the 5 p.m. hour. The evacuated areas were to be closed until crews determine the tower is safe.
By 11 p.m., the closure of Surf Avenue and the surrounding areas had been lifted, but the Cyclone roller coaster and the portion of Luna Park adjacent to it – both of which are near the Astrotower – remained shut down.
The Luna Park Scream Zone, the Coney Island Raceway and the B&B Carousell will operate as usual on Wednesday, opening at noon, officials said. An announcement was expected early Tuesday afternoon as to when the Cyclone and the portion of Luna Park will reopen, the park said.
“Regardless of tomorrow’s announcement, we will continue to monitor the Astrotower and are committed to our work to ensure the long-term stability of the Astrotower and the safety of Coney Island,” the park’s Facebook statement said.
Inspectors were set to go inside the tower for a new examination on Wednesday morning. The inspection was to be completed by noon or 1 p.m., at which point a decision was expected on when the park would be fully reopened.
The earlier evacuation did not affect the entirety of Luna Park, 1010 WINS’ Sonia Rincon reported. The area around the tower was shut down, but some rides remained operational and some sections of the park remained open.