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Lampposts in Wellington, New Zealand, can fall down and kill people

Lampposts in Wellington, New Zealand, can fall down and kill people

It started as an isolated incident, reports Watchman. A lamppost in Wellington, New Zealand’s capital, is starting to look weird. The dome of the lamp hung more and more lower from the shaft, until the whole lantern began to tilt and then crashed directly into the ground. With its weight of 11 kilograms, the flashlight could have become very dangerous if it fell on a person.

Then the same thing happened again, with more and more lights in Wellington. On more than a hundred lamps, symptoms have been found that similar incidents may be underway. The city has now decided to replace the city’s 17,000 light poles.

Despite several cases of broken street lights, no one has been injured so far, the Guardian reported. According to local authorities, the construction of light poles does not seem to be able to withstand the strong winds that often torment New Zealand’s capital.

It should be made of aluminum alloy in the lamp post that holds the LED bulbs which will not withstand NZ pressure.

Expensive project

– I think you can safely say you will be seriously injured or killed, a spokesperson for the government in Wellington told The Guardian about the risk of exposure to the falling lights.

Mayor Tore Wanaw said the lights posed a clear and unacceptable safety hazard.

“I urge anyone who sees a hanging lamp to let us know immediately,” Tore Wanawo said in a statement.

Work has already begun to replace the lamps, but it is progressing slowly. Only 600 of the 17,000 have been replaced, and the entire project is estimated to cost the city around SEK 40 million.

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