Drone Crashes into Stands at U.S. Open, Tennis Player Thought It Was a Bomb

A drone crash-landed into the stands at the U.S. Open in Queens, New York on Thursday night - leading one of the players on the court to think it was a bomb.

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The craft smashed into a section of empty seats and broke into pieces as it hit the concrete while Italy's Flavia Pennetta played Romania's Monica Niculescu.

Pennetta said after the match: "I'm imagining, OK, it's a bomb."

She added: “I want the security to take a look at what it was."

Cops say the drone was traced back to a school teacher, 26-year-old Daniel Verley.

He allegedly operated the drone from a park near the stadium when he lost control. Verley, who teaches at The Academy of Innovative Technology in Brooklyn, was charged with reckless endangerment.

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"No spectators were in the immediate area of the crash and there were no injuries," the United States Tennis Association said in a statement. "The NYPD responded and is conducting an ongoing investigation."

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