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New Jersey Man Arrested After He Flies Drone Into Empire State Building


"[F]ilming w/drone, now its stuck on the empire state building....w/security."

The Empire State Building (L), and One World Trade Center (R), tower over Manhattan, Nov. 8, 2013. (Getty Images/John Moore)

A New Jersey man was arrested Thursday evening after his drone crashed into the 40th floor of the Empire State Building in midtown Manhattan.

Police said the man, 29-year-old Sean Riddle, was flying the aircraft to get some ariel footage of the city, but he suddenly lost control of the aircraft. Once it hit the Empire State Building, the drone fell to a landing on the 35th floor, according to WNBC-TV.

After realizing his drone had crashed into the building, Riddle went inside the building's lobby and asked security personnel for his drone back. Instead, they called police. Riddle was arrested on the scene.

While waiting for the drone, Riddle tweeted his situation: "filming w/drone, now its stuck on the empire state building....w/security."

WNBC also reported that the incident brought a significant police and FBI presence to the building, only as a precaution.

Riddle faces charges of "reckless endangerment and aviation in and over the city," according to Reuters.

No one was injured in the incident.

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