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ARGYLE - A light pole came crashing down on a sports field at Liberty Christian School in Denton County on Saturday.

The accident led to the cancellation of youth baseball games.

Meanwhile, school officialsand engineershave been searching for more faulty poles.

Many are asking whether this accident is connected to last year's recall of poles across North Texas.

It is believed Saturday's high winds contributed to the pole toppling over.

The 75-foot pole is one of 28 that the school has. When engineers found two other poles on the campus with damage, Liberty Christian decided to shut down five of their fields.

The poles are 12 years old and it's not clear whether they were put in by a Fort Worth company, called Whitco, that has had problems with cracked or fallen towers in recent years. Whitco went bankrupt in 2006. At least 80 cracked or fallen poles from the company have been reported nationwide, the first back in 2005.

Some schools have replaced their towers following the publicity surrounding the Whitco poles.

Liberty Christian is not taking any chances.

We just wouldn't want any of our kids... to be here. One of our poles has fallen, so we know there is a problem. We just can't take that kind of a risk, said facilities manager, Mark Bowles.

I saw that one down over there and those over there swaying. It's just bad stuff. With kids out, it's too dangerous, said parent Stan Estes.

We were sitting there in the dug-out and one was going like crazy, said student, Tanner Anderson.

These poles and fields were already in place when the school bought the property in 2005. School officials are currently studying records to get more information about the poles.

In Frisco on Friday, crews reinforced the metal beams at the Dr Pepper Stars Center.

No poles there have ever fallen but the RoughRiders president says he didn't want the risk.

The reinforcements should last for about 40 years.


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