GROTON, Conn. (AP) – High winds have caused problems throughout Connecticut, and forced Pfizer to call inspectors to check one of its Groton facility’s smokestacks Monday.

A spokeswoman for the pharmaceutical giant says the stack, which was swaying slightly in the high winds, was deemed structurally safe and poses no dangers.

Engineers and Groton building officials determined the amount of swaying was within an acceptable range for those kinds of structures.

Pfizer is closing its manufacturing plant, so the smokestack wasn’t in use.

About 20 workers in buildings near the 200-foot smokestack had been evacuated after the swaying was first noticed around 8 a.m.

The winds also blew pieces off a downtown New London building’s facade, and has caused trees, utility poles and wires to come down in various areas throughout Connecticut.


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