Glass, Debris Rain Down From Midtown High-Rise After Scaffold Comes Loose

Sixth Avenue between West 57th and West 58th streets was temporarily closed to vehicle and pedestrian traffic, police said

What to Know

  • Glass and debris rained down on a Midtown street Monday after a scaffold came loose and struck the facade of a building under construction
  • No one was hurt; the FDNY secured the scaffold
  • The Department of Buildings says it's looking into whether high winds may have been a factor

A suspended scaffold came loose and hit the facade of a Midtown residential high-rise under construction Monday, spewing glass and other debris on the sidewalk below, authorities say. 

The Department of Buildings said it is looking into whether wind may have been a factor in the accident on Sixth Avenue between West 57th and West 58th streets; winds were whipping for much of the day, with gusts reaching up to 40 mph. 

No one was hurt, and the intersection was temporarily shut down as authorities investigated and the FDNY secured the platform. 

The Department of Buildings issued a violation for failure to safeguard and a partial stop work order for construction above the 17th floor. The investigation is ongoing.

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