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Terror for residents as iron tower crashes on roof

RESIDENTS in a building on Wuzhong Road in Minhang District woke to the terrifying sound of a 50-meter-tall iron tower crashing onto their roof.

The roof was severely damaged but no one was injured.

A resident surnamed Wang said the tower had been erected by a local telecommunications company many years ago to transmit pager signals. But as pagers were gradually replaced by cell phones, the tower was abandoned, Wang said.

Telecom authorities said yesterday that residents had been warned about the potential danger posed by the tower. They had asked construction teams to remove the abandoned signal tower several times because of the danger but it was still there as residents "refused to cooperate."

Meanwhile, billboards and air conditioning units were being brought down by the strong winds.

Police cordoned off part of Lanxi Road in Putuo District yesterday morning after a huge advertising board was blown off a building.

Ivy Wang said the huge board suddenly fell at around 9.50am. "It's so horrible. The board fell down without any warning, with its electric lights sparking around. Fortunately no one was walking beneath it," Wang said.

A shopping mall security guard said the board broke electricity wires when it fell, forcing many small shops on the street to shut after their power had been cut.

In another case, firefighters rushed to a residential high-rise in Songjiang District after a report of an air-conditioning unit hanging in the air 16 floors above ground.

Firefighters removed the air conditioner at about 2pm yesterday and warned residents to repair or reinforce their units to prevent them falling.

Shanghai public sanitation officials said workers had removed more than 1,000 loose billboards and store signboards by yesterday evening.

Part of the scaffolding on the under-construction Shanghai Tower in the Pudong New Area's Lujiazui district was twisted and loosened by strong winds at around 10:30am yesterday.

Immediate action was taken to repair the damage and a nearby road was closed to pedestrians and vehicles for safety concerns. `

Shanghai Tower Construction & Development Co said repairs had been completed by 3pm and the affected scaffolding had been reinforced.

A giant crane high above ground caused concern among passersby as it could be seen shaking in the wind.

But the company said the crane had a permissible amount of swing and there was no risk of it collapsing.


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