High winds topple scaffolding in Portsmouth

Firefighters lowered the wrecked metal work carefully to the floor using an aerial ladder platform and rope

Firefighters lowered the wrecked metal work carefully to the floor using an aerial ladder platform and rope

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EMERGENCY services have sealed off a road after powerful gusts ripped down a large chunk of scaffolding.

The metalwork toppled into Dundas Lane, Copnor, just before 7pm tonight.

Debris was left strewn across the path and road

Debris was left strewn across the path and road

Debris was left strewn across the street and pathway opposite the EE Glass Ltd building, where the scaffolding had been erected.

Nobody was injured in the collapse and police have diversions in place at the Dundas Lane roundabout.

Two crews from Southsea fire station’s White Watch were called to the scene to take down the remainder of the metalwork, which was dangling dangerously above a footpath.

Firefighters used an aerial ladder platform to inspect the damaged scaffolding before attaching ropes to it and lowering to the ground.

Firefighters used an aerial ladder platform and ropes to safely lower the damaged metalwork to the floor

Firefighters used an aerial ladder platform and ropes to safely lower the damaged metalwork to the floor

The road is expected to remain closed until about 10pm while the debris is safely moved away.

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