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Work on Devon Tower halted due to weather

Damage to the top of the southeast side of the Devon Energy Tower remains Friday, May 17, 2019. Several downtown streets near the 850-foot building remain closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic until loose glass has been removed and authorities deem the area to be safe. [Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman]
Damage to the top of the southeast side of the Devon Energy Tower remains Friday, May 17, 2019. Several downtown streets near the 850-foot building remain closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic until loose glass has been removed and authorities deem the area to be safe. [Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman]

Despite progress overnight, work to secure and remove glass and other debris from the damaged Devon Tower stopped Saturday as strong thunderstorms entered the Oklahoma City metro.

Devon Energy Corp. officials said more glass fell from the tower Saturday and rain and strong winds have compromised the integrity of other damaged glass.

“This has made it necessary to maintain the security perimeter on streets and parks around the building,” officials said.

The tower was damaged Wednesday after an equipment malfunction led to a basket impacting the building as it swung wildly until it was later brought under control by Oklahoma City firefighters. Two contracted workers were stuck in the basket for about 45 minutes.

Officials said crews overnight were able to remove a 16-foot piece of steel pipe that became loose and was resting against glass on the 50th floor.

"Remediation of potential hazards continues to be our sole focus, with a goal to reopen the cordoned-off areas at street level as soon as it is safe to do so," officials said.

Officials have not given a timeframe for when streets surrounding the tower could reopen. What led to the equipment malfunction has not been released.

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Damage to the top of the southeast side of the Devon Energy Tower remains Friday, May 17, 2019. Several downtown streets near the 850-foot building remain closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic until loose glass has been removed and authorities deem the area to be safe. [Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman]

Damage to the top of the southeast side of the Devon Energy Tower remains Friday, May 17, 2019. Several downtown streets near the 850-foot building remain closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic until loose glass has been removed and authorities deem the area to be safe. [Jim Beckel/The Oklahoman]

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