TRINITY, NC --- A group called the Friends of Trinity will not be able to hang hundreds of American flags in the Randolph County town because Duke Energy says they are a safety hazard.
According to Duke Energy spokeswoman Paige Layne, the small metal brackets used to hold the PVC pipe that holds the flag are safety hazards for utility pole workers.
"It could be something like a nail or a staple that could actually rip their rubber gloves or their rubber sleeves, the very things that protect them," Layne said.
The Friends of Trinity removed 400 brackets from power poles up and down NC Highway 62. The group's president, also a Trinity city council member, Tommy Johnson said it wasn't easy.
"It was a slow task. Took us two days but we got them all down," Johnson said. "Yes it's a shame to see them come down but I understand Duke Energy's positions."
Johnson said he is working with Duke Energy to find another way to hang the flags, which may include put the brackets higher on the pole and getting permission from the Department of Transportation. The Friends of Trinity are also hanging the flags on other poles.