WATCH: Video shows clock from Purdue Bell Tower crashing to ground

Stunning video captured by students Tuesday appears to show the clock from Purdue's Bell Tower crashing to the ground. The video was posted to Twitter.

Posted: Nov 28, 2018 7:05 AM
Updated: Nov 29, 2018 2:01 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) —Stunning video captured by students Tuesday shows the clock from Purdue's Bell Tower crashing to the ground. The video was posted to social media.

The video shows crews working on the clock tower. The clock then breaks free from the crane, appears to hit the bucket lift before hitting the bell tower and crashing to the ground. The bell tower is 160 feet tall. The clock was near the top when it broke loose. 

A spokesperson with Purdue said the Verdin Company, based out of Cincinnati, was contracted to do the work. The Verdin Company specializes in cast bronze bells, carillons, clocks, towers and organs.

GM Larry Langefels said no one was injured during the incident and the company is reviewing what could have been done differently to prevent it from happening in the future.

The company released the following statement:

"We want to express our sincerest apology to Purdue University regarding the damage to their clock. We will continue to work with Purdue University to ensure 100% customer satisfaction by replacing the damaged clock."

The clock is under routine maintenance until mid-December. The video was originally captured by Yang Yu and sent to News 18 by Barstool Purdue. 

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