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Sean Riddle arrested after drone crashes into Empire State Building, NYPD says

The NYPD said a New Jersey man was

The NYPD said a New Jersey man was arrested Thursday, Feb. 4, 2016, after his drone crashed into the Empire State Building in Manhattan, seen in a 2014 photo. Photo Credit: AFP / Getty Images / Timothy A. Clary

A New Jersey man was arrested Thursday night after he crashed a small drone into the Empire State Building, then asked security officials at the building if he could retrieve it, police said.

Sean Riddle, 27, of Jersey City, was arrested after the incident sometime before 8 p.m., the NYPD said. He was using the drone to take pictures when he apparently lost control of it, police said.

Riddle was charged with reckless endangerment, misdemeanor criminal mischief and with violation of law — that being avigation, or navigation of aircraft, in and over New York City.

Arraignment details were not immediately available.

Police said the drone hit the 40th floor of the 1,454-foot landmark skyscraper, then fell to a lower landing, believed to be at the 35th floor. Riddle then went to security to request his drone back, but the guards instead called police.

A spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration said Friday that the agency is investigating the incident.

No one was injured, police said.

With Ellen Yan

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