25th anniversary of fake 'Space Needle collapse'

25th anniversary of fake 'Space Needle collapse'

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by KING5 and KGW.com staff

kgw.com

Posted on April 1, 2014 at 12:30 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 1 at 3:25 PM

SEATTLE, WA -- On April 1, 1989, station KING5-TV aired a prank story claiming the "collapse of the Space Needle."

Even thought the story aired inside the station's weekly local comedy show "Almost Live," and the on-screen image included a disclaimer that it was an April Fool's Day prank, viewers panicked.

Anxious Seattle residents swamped local 911 with phone calls, and the station ultimately had to go on the air and apologize for the prank story.

More than 20 years later, the show's staff share their memories of what seemed like a funny idea at the time.

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