Seattle's Space Needle NYE fireworks could be cancelled

Dec 31 2019, 6:04 pm

The same weather conditions pummelling Metro Vancouver are also having an impact on the Seattle region to the extent that tonight’s New Year’s Eve fireworks at the Space Needle could be cancelled.

Heavy rainfall accompanied with high winds could force fire officials in Seattle to postpone or cancel the fireworks that are launched from the sides and rooftop of the 518-ft-tall structure.

According to the Seattle Times, the National Weather Service has forecast sustained winds of 25 to 35 miles per hour (40 to 56 km per hour) and gusts of up to 40 to 45 miles per hour (64 to 72 km per hour), which could make the fireworks show a major safety issue if it goes on in these conditions.

Officials with the fire department and pyrotechnicians are monitoring the conditions and will cancel the show if necessary.

Currently, the 10-minute fireworks show is still scheduled for the stroke of midnight. If they proceed as planned, they will be broadcast live on KING 5.

The laser light shows at the Space Needle scheduled for every hour from 7 pm to 10 pm are unaffected by the weather conditions.

Earlier this afternoon in Metro Vancouver, continued heavy rainfall and high winds forced the operators of Cypress, Grouse, and Seymour mountains to cancel their early family-friendly fireworks shows between 8 pm and 9 pm. No midnight fireworks were planned.

The usual fireworks at Coal Harbour in downtown Vancouver will not erupt either, as organizers of Concord’s New Year’s Eve Vancouver have taken a one-year hiatus in preparation of a relocation of the event to East False Creek — between Science World and Cambie Bridge — starting on December 31, 2020.

At the moment, the 8 pm and midnight fireworks at Whistler Village’s Skiers Plaza are still slated to go ahead.