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Getting Results: Bees Invade Tacony Street Pole

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Tacony- Utility poles are a necessity, they bring us our electricity, carry street lights, but if they're cracked or leaning, they can be a real hazard.

Especially, if they're standing right in front of your home.

Fox 29’s Bruce Gordon was alerted by a viewer to a pole with a dangerous secret inside.

There are tens of thousands of utility poles throughout Philadelphia, but the one we found on the 6700 block of Glenloch in the city’s Tacony section was, well, let’s just say it’s a ‘bee-eauty.’

The wood on the utility pole outside Stephanie Allen's house looks like it was taken from Noah's Ark.

It’s badly weathered with deep cracks.

"It looks like string cheese. The top of the pole is literally, I imagine you could just peel it back like a banana," said Allen.

But, what looks like sawdust within the deepest crack, gives away the danger lurking within this aging pole: carpenter bees.

6-years on block the problem has always been there, but this year it’s much worse.

Stephanie runs a daycare and kids would play outside 2-3 times per day, but they can't play outside now because of the issue.

She says she made a lot of calls, including the health department, and established that the pole was PECO's responsibility.

A PECO rep came out Wednesday morning and said:

"He'll put a call in for it to be removed, or fixed or replaced," Stephanie said.

So, Fox 29 made a call and the pole is getting replaced on Thursday.

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