"The helter-skelter at Clacton Pier has blown down after Essex was hit by strong winds.Stay safe out there today. Please.
Tendring District Council said it collapsed early in the morning, but the structure had not fallen into the sea.
Eyewitness Chris Woodley said the slide appeared to have fallen on to the amusement arcade and the rollercoaster looked like it was "breaking up".
The pier's owner is at the scene assessing the damage, but did not wish to comment."