03/18/2014 11:10 EDT | Updated 05/18/2014 05:59 EDT

Seattle helicopter crash kills 2 near Space Needle

A television news helicopter has crashed in Seattle, near the city's iconic Space Needle, killing at least two people.

Officials have confirmed that at least two people have died in the crash. At least two cars were also involved in the fiery explosion after the helicopter hit the ground.

Emergency crews are on the scene and the area has been closed to traffic.

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