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A 500-foot-tall communications tower in north Lincoln collapsed Friday morning, knocking out television, phone, internet and other service for some customers.

The tower at 4100 Industrial Avenue, near 27th and Superior streets, was leased by a number of companies.

"It's just chaos," said a woman who works at the tower site who declined to give her name. "I've got customers coming out of my ears."

She said several businesses that lease space on the tower had already been to the site to inspect the damage and look into alternatives.

The tower is owned by David Bratcher, who could not be reached for comment.

One of the customers affected is Gray Television, which owns several stations in Lincoln and Nebraska, including KOLN/KGIN Channel 10/11.

Mikel Lauber, news director for 10/11 and several other Nebraska stations, said it was his understanding that 10/11's signal was not affected. However, KSNB, Lincoln's NBC affiliate based in Hastings, was affected.

Sinclair Broadcasting-owned station KFXL, which is Lincoln's Fox affiliate, said its over-the-air signal would be "off the air for an undetermined amount of time."

News Director Matt Weesner said only people getting the signal over the air through an antenna should be affected. Spectrum, Windstream and Allo customers or those with a satellite dish should not be affected.

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Matt Olberding is a Lincoln native and University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduate who has been covering business for the Journal Star since 2005.

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