The San Francisco Bay area is the home to four million people. They are connected to the communications grid by multiple towers that hold relay antennae for TV, Radio, 2-way, cellular, microwave links and ham radios. On the early morning of July 29, the affluent Contra Costa county town of San Ramon, CA found many services disrupted due the collapse of a 200-foot high tower. The tower is an important communications hub in the Contra Costa and Alameda counties.
There are no suspects at this time. It’s pretty certain that the fall was not caused by fatigue or weather. The towers are inspected regularly and the area is enjoying mild days with normal five knot winds. Authorities said the it appeared the supporting guy wires were cut, causing it to collapse with a loud crash.
Many antennae are located on the high peaks surrounding the San Francisco Bay. The authority that manages the parklands where this tower is located is the East Bay Regional Park District. The tower is specifically located on Rocky Ridge. It’s west of the towns of San Ramon and Danville. Police said that the vandalism was noticed once services were disrupted. Back up systems kept essential communications going.
Park police told the media: ‘This tower is not very accessible. It’s at the top of a ridge…They had to go through some effort. It’s a long walk…they have to go through the gates…this was not an accident.” The cause is still being investigated. Terrorism is not likely, but rather pure vandalism. There have been protests to the north in Oakland, but it’s not believed this incident is related. The surrounding park is a favorite of local hikers.