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Winds Topple Light Pole at Summit Farmers Market; No Injuries Reported as City Asks Utility for Citywide Inspections

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SUMMIT, NJ - Wind gusts estimated to approach 40 miles per hour on November 19 resulted in a Jersey City Power & Light pole collapsing in Summit's Park & Shop Lot No. 2 -- located at the corner of DeForest Avenue and Maple Street -- during peak hours of the season's final Summit Farmers Market of the year. No injuries were reported.

The pole, standing approximately 35-feet tall and weighing an estimated 300 pounds, slammed down on an exhibitors table at 10:10 a.m. After the Summit Fire Department and Police Department secured the area surrounding the pole, the Market was allowed to continue until its scheduled close time of 1 p.m.. Park & Shop Lot No. 2 includes three such poles, including the pole that fell.

"Safety is JCP&L’s top priority," said JCP&L spokesman Ronald T. Morano.  "We are investigating the incident will comment further pending the outcome of the investigation. We will continue to keep local officials updated.”

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There are approximately 27 such poles in the City of Summit.

"Although the utility pole is owned by JCP&L, the city routinely conducts inspections of infrastructure to ensure property maintenance procedures are followed," said Summit Mayor Nora Radest. "We are extremely thankful that no one was injured and, in addition to our own inspections, have requested further inspections of utility poles throughout Summit by JCP&L."

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