Angry Egyptian mob tears down radio tower over radiation concerns

By Rob Price on April 22nd, 2014

The alleged link between radio towers and adverse health effects has been thoroughly debunked. The American Cancer Society claims the level of radio waves on the ground below masts is “thousands of times less than the limits for safe exposure set by… regulatory authorities.” A microwave antenna, meanwhile, emits 10,000 times less ground-level radiation than someone receives standing next to a microwave oven.

That’s what makes the recent events on the outskirts of Giza, Egypt, all the more disheartening.

English-language Egyptian news site Egyptian Streets uploaded a video showing hundreds of angry Egyptians tearing down a Vodafone radio tower at some point last week and subsequently looting the wreckage for scrap metal. The locals reportedly feared “the mobile waves emitted could be harmful to their families and their crops.”

The tower was located in the town of Bahrms. The footage was circulating on Egyptian social media sites before Egyptian Streets reposted it to YouTube.

Here it is in still frames.
The video begins with the radio mast standing proud.

There have been no reported casualties, which is—quite frankly—a miracle.


Upon destruction, the crowd, which appeared to be in the hundreds, swarmed the wreckage, pulling off lose struts and poles.

Spoils of the wreckage.

Jubilant, the vandals clapped and danced for joy.

Unfortunately for them, there is literally no evidence of ground-level radiation radio masts causing harm to humans, livestock, or indeed crops.

All they achieved was destroying their primary communication link to the outside world.