1 World Trade Center: Window Washers Hanging from Scaffold at Manhattan Site, 9-11 Memorial Evacuated (Photos)

November 12, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

A window washer reportedly was hanging from a disabled scaffold on the 1 World Trade Center in Manhattan on Wednesday.

Preliminary reports at around 12:45 p.m. ET said the washer was hanging.

According to the Officer of Emergency Management, there’s currently three window washers stuck on the scaffold.

One person the area said via Twitter that there were “sirens screaming everywhere.”

The problem was unfolding early Wednesday afternoon on the south side of 1 World Trade Center. Television images showed one side of the scaffolding had dropped at a sharp angle.

Joe Pentangelo (pehn-TAN’-jeh-loh) is the spokesman for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, which owns the building. He says it appears a cable on the scaffolding broke around 1 p.m.

The Fire Department says the workers are tethered and communicating with rescuers.

It was not immediately clear what rescue measures were planned. WABC-TV reported that people on the ground were moved back in case glass began flying.

AP contributed to this report.


Not a great day to be a window washer #WTC

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