Falling stadium light poles recalled by feds

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The safety of Whitco lighting towers has been questioned since 11 of them have toppled.

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Associated Press

Posted on July 6, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 6 at 11:07 PM

DALLAS (AP) - A government safety agency is recalling light poles that can crack and fall after 11 of them crashed down at stadiums and school gymnasiums over a decade-long period.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday there are more than 2,500 of the affected steel poles installed around the country. Manufactured by the now-defunct Whitco Co. of Fort Worth, Texas, the poles can weigh one to four tons.

The recall affects poles between 70- and 135-feet tall and are made of steel with a galvanized coating. They were manufactured between 2000 and 2005.

The commission says no one has been killed by the falling poles, but several schools and outdoor bleachers have been "significantly" damaged by falling poles.
 

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