Friday Night Light dangers

Story by Layron Livingston - bio | email

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It was a major problem resulting in countless repairs at football stadiums in east Texas and across the country- faulty stadium light poles.

Since last year's recall the Consumer Product Safety Commission says there have been more cases of the huge light poles crashing down.

In all, there have been 11 confirmed reports of lights made by now-defunct Whitco Company falling from the sky. Some of the lights, which were made in Fort Worth, weigh as much as 4 tons and stand 70 feet tall.

The CPSC has linked the faulty poles to more stadiums in east Texas including Arp, Athens, Big Sandy, Hallsville, Mount Pleasant and Overton.

We checked with several school districts in our area and found they don't have any of the recalled lights, but that's not enough for parent and band director Heather Chitty, "If we do something about it at our school, but then we travel to a neighboring town, and they've ignored the problem and not done anything, we're in danger there every school district needs to look into this matter," said Chitty.

No one has been injured of killed due to falling poles, but the CPSC says there have been close calls.

The poles in question were made between 2000 and 2005.

To read the officials release from the CPSC, click here.

A list of schools that have the questionable lights installed can be found here.

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