After at least 11 confirmed incidents involving defective light poles, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on July 6 issued a repair notice covering more than 2,500 of the standards already placed in stadiums around the U.S. The poles, which typically weigh one to four tons and soar up to 135 ft above the ground, were manufactured by a now-defunct Texas firm, Fort Worth-based Whitco Co. LP.
There were no known injuries, but several close calls were reported. Last year, a pole crashed through a central Texas school-gym roof, causing significant property damage. More than 50 people were inside at the time. Forensic investigators found defective welds at the base of several poles.