Published: Fri, May 17, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Terrifying scenes as window cleaners’ basket becomes loose

Terrifying scenes as window cleaners’ basket becomes loose

The vessel they were in broke several windows of the building as it smashed into the side.

Two window washers were in a lift basket at the top of Oklahoma's tallest building when it began swinging wildly out of control, the Oklahoma City Fire Department tweeted.

Dramatic footage shows the basket as it swung out of control while attempts were made to rescue the workers from the Devon Tower.

The "very unsafe situation" unfolded around 7:45 a.m. local time.

At one point it starts repeatedly crash into a building and breaks windows.

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"Please avoid the area".

The Oklahoma City Fire department said on Twitter that the basket was secured as of 8:25 a.m., and the two window washers were safe by 8:49 a.m.

The tower houses corporate offices for Oklahoma City-based Devon Energy Corp. It's unknown what caused the unsafe incident.

Firefighters were then able to use the crane to lower the basket on to the roof, getting the men to safety.

Fire department spokesman Benny Fulkerson told Oklahoma television station KOCO that the two men were "tethered in" to the lift when the crane was swinging.

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