A recently installed more than 150 feet tall massive wind turbine came crashing down in Bronx, New York City neighborhood, Monday.
It smashed into an adjacent three-sided illuminated billboard, causing that also to break apart and come tumbling down to the street and cars below. It happened around 1:45 p.m. on Baychester Avenue in Co-Op City. The NYPD has cordoned the area. The wind within the space reached 15-20 mph. "Thankfully we can report that there are no injuries, and everyone is safe and sound," New York Mayor Bill de Blasio told media. Debris was strewn across the shopping center below that houses a gas station, pharmacy, paint store and other businesses. All the stores were evacuated, according to the New York City Department of Buildings (DOB). This was not a day where school was in session, as there are multiple schools on Baychester Avenue.
The turbine started spinning on Dec. 17, providing power to nearby buildings. The DOB said it gave the owner two violations for “failure to maintain both the monopole structure and the adjacent sign.” A wind turbine should not be taken down by the wind. The turbine’s listed owner is Baychester Retail III LLC.