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Giant Hand Plunges Off Church Tower

Fortunately, no one was hurt by falling 6.5-foot hand
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 16, 2016 7:49 AM CDT
Giant Hand Plunges Off Church Tower
The clocks at St. Katharinen church in Hamburg, Germany, are photographed Sunday, Oct. 16, 2016. A 44-pound minute hand has fallen off the clock, plunging some 130 feet onto the sidewalk below. No one was hurt. Fire officials checked the remaining hour hand and determined it was firmly in place.   (Daniel Reinhardt)

(Newser) – A 44-pound minute hand has fallen off a clock on a Hamburg church tower, plunging 130 feet onto the sidewalk below. Hamburg's fire service said Sunday that the hand fell off the city's St. Katharinen church overnight from Friday to Saturday, news agency dpa reportedvia the AP. No one was hurt. Fire officials checked the remaining hour hand and determined that it was firmly in place. It wasn't immediately clear what caused the roughly 6 ½-foot hand to crash off the clock in the city in northern Germany. (Read more Hamburg stories.)

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