Wind power turbine in Northern Ireland collapses (VIDEO)

(Image from BBC video report)

A wind turbine at the 20-megawatt Screggagh wind farm in Northern Ireland collapsed unexpectedly Friday evening, reports the BBC. It is currently unknown what caused the 328-foot Nordex N80 wind turbine to buckle and fall, although some unsubstantiated claims have said the turbine's rotor blades were spinning out of control just prior to the collapse.

No one was hurt, but debris was scattered over a large area of the mountainside fields.  

The 2.5 MW rated turbine was one of eight at the Screggagh wind energy facility, which opened in 2011.The facility operator, Screggagh Wind farm Ltd., has shut down the seven remaining turbines while the incident is investigated. Doreen Walker, director of Screggagh Wind farm, said the company and officials are working closely with turbine supplier Nordex UK to determine the cause of the failure and ensure the site is safe.

Director of Health and Safety for RenewableUK Chris Streatfeild sought to assuage fears, stating issues such as this are extremely rare and that no member of the public has ever been injured by a wind turbine in the U.K., the Telegraph reported

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