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Crane dangles from NY high-rise

A construction crane is dangling off a luxury high-rise in New York City, prompting a large emergency response as a huge storm bears down on the area.

No injuries are reported, but streets have been cleared as a precaution.

The call came in around 2.30pm local time as conditions worsened from the approaching Hurricane Sandy. Meteorologists said winds that far off the ground might have been close to 95mph at the time.

The New York City Buildings Department had suspended construction work on Saturday in anticipation of the storm. It reminded contractors and property owners to secure construction sites and buildings.

A six-bedroom penthouse at the building, at West 57th Street, called One57, is under contract for a reported 90 million dollars (£56 million).

New York City engineers and fire department inspectors plan to climb 74 flights of stairs to examine the crane.

Buildings department spokesman Tony Sclafani said it was a daunting task, but "they're the best of the best".

Authorities have been evacuating some neighbouring buildings as a precaution.

The cause of the accident is not known. Mayor Michael Bloomberg has said all construction cranes were inspected before the storm to make sure they were secure.

It is unclear whether there was any problem with the way the 57th Street crane was secured, or whether the wind simply was so strong that it bent the rig.


From Belfast Telegraph