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Loose turbines not dangerous  

Credit:  PATRICK CARUANA AAP, smh.com 11 August 2010 ~~

The designer of two central Hobart wind turbines says there was no danger to the public when blades apparently worked loose in high winds.

Police closed off two streets on Wednesday afternoon due to concerns over the blades attached to the turbines on top of the Marine Board building.

Dylan Vallance, who was working nearby at the time, said the turbines seemed out of control

“The turbines were spinning really fast, and they just started wobbling,” he said.

“A couple of the wires snapped, and one of the blades on the left went horizontal, and a couple of minutes later some of the other blades were shifting around, too.”

But I Want Energy co-founder Rob Manson said the turbines had functioned properly in high wind.

“Two of the turbines have spun a bit too fast and the safety features have kicked in,” he told reporters in Hobart on Wednesday.

“They’ve folded in on themselves, which is part of the safety design features.

“There was no danger they were going to fly off.”

Source:  PATRICK CARUANA AAP, smh.com 11 August 2010

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