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Crane Danger Forces Evacuations

January 16, 2002

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JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) _ Authorities evacuated more than 100 people from homes and businesses near the city’s waterfront Wednesday morning because a construction site crane was in danger of toppling over.

An apparent electrical malfunction caused the crane’s boom to extend too high and it began to tilt, Deputy Police Director Edgar Martinez said.

Police shut down a three-block section of the waterfront and evacuated 90 people from a luxury housing development, Martinez said.

About 1,000 people live near the construction site but most were at work at the time, police said.

They also evacuated 47 people from the Double Tree Club Suites hotel, Martinez said.

``Most guests had already left for work,″ said hotel manager Sam Calello. ``Everyone was evacuated in an orderly fashion under the direction of the fire department.″

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