Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Life in "Progress" City - San Francisco edition

Brazen thieves have stolen a 2.6-tonne church bell from an iconic church in San Francisco.

The 122-year-old relic, which sat in front of St Mary's Cathedral after being replaced by an electronic chime in the 1970s, had survived the devastating 1906 San Francisco earthquake and a 1962 arson attack that gutted the building, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

But it was unable to withstand the determination of metal thieves who would have used heavy lifting equipment in the brazen heist.

Made up of 80 percent copper and 20 percent tin, the bell would fetch close to $75,000 if melted down.


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