Saint-Martin-les-Tatinghem (Pas-de-Calais) : The relay antenna can’t stand up

La Voix du Nord / Sunday 12 April 2020

A 4G relay antenna, property of Orange and operated by Free, collapsed on Sunday March 22, pushed by a gust of wind. The telephone operator believes that the base of the equipment had been removed. He even filed a complaint about this extremely rare incident.

It had been put into service on private land on March 3 stuck between a farm at the back of the Tatinghem sports centre and the RD 942, the ring road connecting the Audomarois agglomeration to the RN 42 towards Lumbres. Less than three weeks later, it was swept away by a gust of wind (hardly more than 55 km / h recorded in Boulogne-sur-Mer that day).
A very unusual incident for equipment of this size. Because it is an Orange telephone pylon, 30 metres high, hundreds of other models of which have grown elsewhere in just a few years without collapsing at the first burst of wind. [paid article]

[Translated by Act for freedom now !]

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