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Wisconsin Broadcast Tower Crashes Down

2,000-footer is on the ground in pieces; no one hurt

A tower believed to be the tallest in Wisconsin, and among the tallest in the country, has fallen.

The structure, serving WEAU(TV) and WAXX(FM) in Fairchild, Wis., collapsed Tuesday night in eastern Eau Claire County.

Radio station WAXX at 104.5 is off the air, according to its website; its content was being heard instead on 92.9, and its online stream was unaffected. The TV station said Wednesday afternoon that its signal was being seen on several local outlets thanks to the help of fellow broadcasters.

Associated Press reported that the approximately 2,000-foot tower fell in windy and icy conditions, though it “has stood through Wisconsin’s worst conditions since 1966.”

AP quoted a fire official saying no one was hurt.

The TV station website said the tower fell in three different directions, with part covering a local road. WEAU quoted a local official saying the tower is “our local landmark.”


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