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Falling Devon Debris Damages Building Below

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Debris falling from the Devon Tower damaged an adjoining building below Tuesday. Debris falling from the Devon Tower damaged an adjoining building below Tuesday.

Jon Jordan, News 9

OKLAHOMA CITY – A piece of construction debris blew off the Devon Tower building and crashed into a building below Tuesday.

No one was hurt in the incident and it appeared a strong gust of wind triggered the fall.

According to Holder-Flintco, the Devon Tower construction contractor, the falling object was a 1-foot by 3-foot piece of concrete formwork that got dislodged. It fell several hundred feet before it smashed out a window in an adjoining building.

Jay Thompson has made deliveries to businesses in downtown Oklahoma City for years. Never, he said, has he had to be so aware of his surroundings.

"What else can you do but keep a sharp eye out?" he said.

Learning that a piece of debris had gotten loose from the Devon Tower and took out a window in the Corporate Tower down below has Thompson questioning the safety measures being taken.

"You just can't overlook anything especially when under construction. You really can't overlook any of that at all," he said.

Officials at Holder-Flintco said safety has been a top priority.

"The wind happened to catch a secure piece of material in just the right way and cause it to become loose and carry if off the side," Gavin Kalley, project manager.

It is not the first incident the construction company has had to deal with since construction on the tower began nearly two years ago.

In February 2010 concrete pillars used for the parking garage came crashing to the ground. A month later a 90-ton crane tipped over and fell into the basement of the building.

The construction company maintains it is performing at its highest standards of safety.

"This is a large, complicated construction project," Kalley said. "And from our safety standards, it's our highest priority. Statistically, we are having a very safe project and something we are proud of."

The winds around the time that the piece of concrete form fell were gusting to 32 miles per hour.

The construction company said it has opened an investigation to see what, if anything, could have prevented what happened.

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