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Falling debris still a risk from damaged Oklahoma City tower

Crews work to rescue workers off of a broken lift on top of the Devon Tower in downtown Oklahoma City, Okla., on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Two window washers were rescued from the dangling scaffold above the roof of a nearly 850-foot skyscraper. (Chris Landsberger/The Oklahoman via AP)

OKLAHOMA CITY — Authorities in Oklahoma City say falling debris is still a danger after a skyscraper was damaged when it was battered by a dangling scaffold holding two men.

Police blocked some roads and a park to most vehicle and pedestrian traffic Thursday, a day after two window washers were rescued from the scaffold above the nearly 850-foot (259 metres) Devon Tower. Both men refused treatment after they were brought to safety.

It’s unclear what caused the scaffold to hit the building, shattering windows and dropping glass. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

Firefighters secured the scaffold with ropes as it hung from a crane 20-30 feet (6-9 metres) above the roof.

The tower houses corporate offices for Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp.

The Associated Press