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Communications Tower Falls Near Safe Passage Route

Fallen tower seen dangling from a building on West Side

Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013  |  Updated 2:45 PM CDT
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A large tower toppled from a building, possibly during weekend storms, and was dangling Tuesday morning over a sidewalk.

A large tower toppled from a building, possibly during weekend storms, and was dangling Tuesday morning over a sidewalk.

A large communication tower collapsed on Chicago's West Side and was seen dangling over a sidewalk Tuesday morning as children walked to school on a nearby Safe Passage route.

The tower fell from a building on the 300 block of North Kedzie Avenue and was leaning into a tree. It's not clear when it fell but may have collapsed during weekend storms that downed trees across the city and suburbs.

The Chicago Fire Department blocked off the sidewalk for the safety of Chicago Public Schools students using a nearby route as part of the school district's new program to get kids to and from class.

No injuries were reported.

A string of storms prompted two rounds of severe weather alerts for the Chicago area over the Labor Day weekend.

Wind gusts exceeded 60 mph in some areas on Friday, and there were reports of 12- to 18-inch diameter trees down in the northern suburbs. Other areas saw large hail stones falling from the sky.

As of 9 p.m. Friday, Commonwealth Edison officials reported nearly 71,000 customers were without power.

Sunday storms moved southeast at 25-30 mph after earlier storms sparked tornado warnings for Grundy, LaSalle and Kendall counties.

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