NEWPORT BEACH (CBSLA) — Parents in Newport Beach were shocked and concerned to find out a stately church bell tower near several schools has been hiding a T-Mobile cell phone site.
A spokesman for the Orange County Catholic Diocese says the equipment housed within the bell tower of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church Newport Beach, in the middle of the Balboa Peninsula, is being fixed because of fire damage — not to install 5G technology.READ MORE: Montecito Heights Brush Fire Contained By Firefighters
But that has not eased the concern of local parents. The church, 1441 W. Balboa Ave., is surrounded by several schools, a preschool and a children’s center.READ MORE: "Delta Is Very Serious" Tarzana Doctor Warns Delta Variant Is Bringing More COVID Patients Than He Can Count
“You don’t know what that sort of frequency is going to do to our children,” one mother said.MORE NEWS: Heavy Rains Trigger Mudslide In El Dorado Burn Scar Near Big Bear
Mother Reina Shebesta told CBS2 that the cell phone tower was only discovered because of construction.