Strong winds knock down scaffolding on the Etna construction site in front of the houses, no one is injured
Residents of Etna who live opposite an industrial building undergoing overhaul were evacuated on Saturday when high winds removed scaffolding from the building.
The incident took place around 4:30 p.m. near the intersection of Butler and Bridge streets. There was a fire in the three-story industrial building several months ago and the building is undergoing a major overhaul.
The scaffolding was constructed over two stories and faced approximately 120 feet from the building. The scaffolding and huge sheets of plastic used to protect workers from the elements were blown away.
At first, the top half of the scaffolding leaned towards the street. The police therefore summoned Duquesne Light to cut the power lines strung along the street. They feared that the metal scaffolding would move further, contact the lines and electrify.
As a result, police went door to door across the street to evacuate residents. They found that few people were at home and brought out those who were unharmed.
It was fortunate, as WPXI reported that the scaffolding later fell against the houses across the street and then fell on the street around 5:30 p.m.