WorldView Video: 50 Ton Illegal Billboard Topples Over Highway in Brooklyn; No Injuries Reported
A 50 ton, six story billboard in Brooklyn toppled to the ground Friday and investigators are looking into the cause, according to WABC.
The billboard, 20 feet by 60 feet and mounted on a six-story-high metal frame atop a one-story brick building fell from 421 Meeker Avenue in the Greenpoint section of Brooklyn around 2:20 p.m., the New York Times reported.
The billboard was illegal, the Buildings Department told the Times, because it was placed within 200 feet of a highway, which is against zoning laws. The city’s highways have had their share of illegal billboards according to the Times and the New York City Buildings Department began cracking down on them in 2009.
When the billboard fell, it violently shook the neighborhood.
“It just took seconds, like it was a bomb or something,” John Vasquez, an eyewitness, told WABC.
Part of the steel and advertising fell onto and blocked a lane of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway (BQE) while another portion hung over a nearby avenue.
Crews are on scene Saturday morning working to remove the steel from the roadways and an investigation is underway and wind is thought to be a contributing factor.
Watch a video of the billboard collapse, taken by a security camera, on the Web site of the Polish-language newspaper Nowy Dziennik, about 25 seconds into the newscast.Tell us what you think in the comments below or on:
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