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Wind-damaged lights on Texas Tech tower removed

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 3, 2013 at 5:39 pm •  Published: May 3, 2013

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Crews have taken down the wind-damaged bank of lights atop a 150-foot tower at Texas Tech's football stadium, and people are now allowed near the site.

Athletic department spokesman Blayne Beal says a crane was used Friday at Jones AT&T Stadium in Lubbock to lower the teetering bank of lights and the other two banks were removed. He says the tower may also come down.

Winds topping 40 mph Thursday damaged the top bank of lights in the southeast corner of the stadium that seats more than 60,000. Nearby structures were evacuated as a precaution. Nobody was hurt.

Workers in the south end zone offices, the football training facility and the athletic training center did not report Friday until the area was certified as safe.