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10/07/2013 02:18 pm ET Updated Oct 07, 2013

Crane Malfunction Causes Midtown Street Shutdown

A construction crane being used for a Midtown skyscraper project malfunctioned Monday morning around 9:20 a.m, leading authorities to close 57th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues as a precaution, DNAinfo reports.

The crane became stuck while raising 13,000 pounds of concrete, according to a law enforcement official. The incident occurred at ONE57 at 157 57th St--the same site as the crane that was damaged during Hurricane Sandy and which hung dangerously over the street for a week.

The Office of Emergency Management said in a statement Monday that there is no danger of falling debris from the crane. The department also said there's no doubt in the stability of the structure, and that the street is closed simply because the wind picked up.

No injuries were reported, according to a FDNY spokesman.

Update: As of 4:00 p.m. reports say that the concrete cube that was dangling from the crane has been safely lowered to street level.

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