Posted: 6:35 a.m. Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Vandalism topples East Bay radio tower

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east bay radio tower


SAN RAMON, Calif. —

Supporting wires holding up a large radio tower were cut, possibly with bolt cutters, causing it to collapse, authorities revealed early Tuesday.

East Bay Regional Park District Police said they had been notified that a tower on Rocky Ridge, located west of San Ramon and Danville, had failed and collapsed early Monday morning.

Officers responded to the scene and found that no injuries had occurred and that vandalism may have been involved in the incident.

The 20-to-30 foot tower supports radio communications systems -- 2-way, cellular, microwave links, ham radios -- across the East Bay.

Park police Lt. John King said the vandal or vandals went through a lot of effort to topple the tower.

 “This tower is not very accessible,” he told KTVU. “It’s at the top of a ridge…They had to go through some effort. It’s a long walk…They have to go through gates…This was not an accident.”

Police were continuing to investigate the cause of tower's collapse.

Anyone with information regarding the incident is urged to contact police at (510) 881-1833.

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