Cape Town man narrowly escapes giant falling Christmas bell

2015-11-17 17:09
(Travis Kuhn via Facebook)

(Travis Kuhn via Facebook)

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Cape Town - A man narrowly missed being hit by a large decorative Christmas bell that dropped from the roof at the V&A Waterfront’s shopping centre on Tuesday morning.

Cape Town resident Travis Kuhn posted a photograph on social media shortly afterwards with the comment “Perhaps I’ll play the power ball tonight. Shew!”

Kuhn, who helped organise bar and cocktail services for events, visited the shopping centre early on Tuesday morning.

With the power not on before 07:00, he apparently had to carry his gear up the escalator only to have a huge decorative bell drop from the roof, and land on the escalator where he had been less than 15 seconds previously as he had finished his final load.

Waterfront spokesperson Carla White confirmed no-one was injured.

The bell was part of the centre's Christmas décor installation.

White said they were conducting a “full inspection and assessment” of all the festive décor.

“We fully understand the concerns this would raise around similar décor installed throughout the mall,” she said.

An investigation was underway to determine what caused the bell to fall.


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