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Fear of ‘falling icicles’ sparks BT Tower alert

Hazard signs are put in place as nearby workers are warned icicles ‘can fall at any time’

02 March, 2018 — By Tom Foot

A road was closed off beneath the BT Tower

FEARS that giant icicles could crack off the top of the BT Tower shut down a road in Fitzrovia yesterday (Thursday).

BT put up hazard signs in Cleveland Mews, apologising for the closure “inconvenience”.

Workers in nearby buildings were warned that the icicles “can fall at any time” from the tower which is 177 metres high.

The Fitzrovia sign read: “This road has been closed due to risk of falling icicles.” A BT spokesman said: “The freezing cold weather has formed icicles on the BT Tower and Cleveland Mews road has been closed for safety reasons.”

Icicles killed five people in Russia in 2010 and injured 150.

In 1776 the son of a parish clerk in Devon was killed by an icicle that plummeted from the church tower. His memorial is said to read:
Bless my eyes / Here he lies /
In a sad pickle / Kill’d by an icicle.

BT Tower is a communications tower previously known as GPO Tower, Post Office Tower and the Telecom Tower.

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