Wind takes chunk of Needles Theater roof

May 6, 2019

NEEDLES — A Needles man had a close call Saturday afternoon, and his Ford pickup had a closer call when most of the remainder of a metal roof blew off the historic Needles Theater at Broadway and F Street, coming to rest in the westbound lanes of Broadway.

The city’s main street was closed by deputies from the San Bernardino County Sheriff Department, Needles’ Colorado River Station, while the debris was removed.

Most of the roof blew off in a ferocious storm on Sept. 4, 2012. More pieces came off May 10, 2014.

Michael Wright was on the second floor of the theater Saturday, adding restraints to what remained of the roof to prevent that very scenario from occurring. His truck was parked in front of the building, between the curb and the spot where the roof came to rest. The large piece of metal roof missed the truck by inches.

Needles resident George DeLeon, walking along Broadway at the time, was dialing 911 when he saw police already arriving. He told the Needles Desert Star about the situation and said that the large chunk of roof stood up vertically before sailing off the building and into the street.

No injuries were reported in the incident.