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Construction Cranes Begin to Collapse in Downtown Miami...

Construction Cranes Begin to Collapse in Downtown Miami...

SPLINTER NEWS reports:

A construction crane has collapsed in downtown Miami, confirming earlier fears that the city’s several cranes pose dangerous threats to nearby buildings and residents who remain.

According to the Miami New Times, citing the city’s building department director, Maurice Pons, Miami has 20–25 tower construction cranes, whose arms were allowed to remain loose in order to swivel with Irma’s strong winds. While Pons said these cranes are built to withstand winds of 145 mph, the boom of one crane already has fallen, and if winds exceed that speed, more could follow.

City officials said they didn’t have enough time to remove the cranes as Irma approached.

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