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Blade falls from 500ft high wind turbine in Gloucester


The Gloucester Fire Department said the wind turbine suffered a “mechanical failure”.

Many Gloucester residents were confused on Sunday morning as they awoke to find a nearby wind turbine missing one of its blades.

The Gloucester Fire Service said in a press release on Sunday afternoon that one of three blades fell from the Applied Materials wind turbine on Dory Road in Blackburn Industrial Park. No one was hurt.

The turbine is 492 feet tall and owned and operated by Applied Materials, the fire department said.

Firefighters said the incident was a “mechanical failure” of the turbine and they responded to a call about the blade falling around 7am on Sunday morning.

Applied Materials released a statement Sunday evening.

“Overnight, a blade detached from the wind turbine located on the Applied Materials site. The on-board controls reacted immediately and placed the turbine in safe mode. There were no injuries and little ground damage.

The remaining turbine components, including the remaining tower and blades, are intact and secure, and will be subject to a full inspection by the turbine maintenance supplier. »

Applied Materials also said a full investigation into the incident was underway, but would take some time. He said an incident like this had never happened with the Gloucester turbine before.

The fire department said it was working with Applied Materials to determine any other hazards and ensure safety in the turbine area.

Applied Materials is a global provider of semiconductor chip manufacturing equipment, services and software. It is based in Santa Clara, Calif., and has a factory at 35 Dory Rd., #80 in Gloucester.

Applied Materials was not immediately available for comment.

The fire department said more information about the broken turbine will be released soon.


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