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Man Electrocuted While Trying To Steal Power Line

Sat Sep 10, 2005 7:09 am

"The man was electrocuted about 1:30 a.m. when the two threw a rope over the raised power line and tried to pull it down.

Budzius said the pair thought the line was a low-voltage wire, but it was actually a high-voltage line. "Roughly 12,500 volts," he said."


Read the full story: http://www.komo4.com/stories/39084.htm

This headline made my day. Can somebody say Darwin Awards?
 
KiwiNanday
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RE: Man Electrocuted While Trying To Steal Power Line

Sat Sep 10, 2005 7:11 am

Cue an Airbus callout:

40... 30... 20... Retard! Retard!
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AeroWesty
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RE: Man Electrocuted While Trying To Steal Power Line

Sat Sep 10, 2005 7:20 am

At least we won't have to slog through 15 threads on whether the death penalty is justified and if it should be applied to looting power lines.  Smile
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ltbewr
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RE: Man Electrocuted While Trying To Steal Power Line

Sat Sep 10, 2005 7:30 am

Apparently this is a common problem in the ex-soviet Union republics and within Russia itself. They are trying to steel the cables for resale to junk dealers for money to survive. Problem is that many have no idea about electricity, so put themselves in mortal danger.
 
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RE: Man Electrocuted While Trying To Steal Power Line

Sat Sep 10, 2005 7:37 am

haha. that guy is stupid... what a moron.
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MrChips
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RE: Man Electrocuted While Trying To Steal Power Line

Sat Sep 10, 2005 4:05 pm

Bad idea - hot-tapping a live electrical line.

Worse idea - Hot-tapping a natural gas pipeline.

A friend of mine responded to a "loss of containment" event in Saskatchewan a few years ago, and found a 50 foot high column of flame, a pair of melted boots underneath it, and a cold chisel imbedded in a truck fender 100 feet away...appearantly, a farmer had tried to hot-tap the Trans-Canada pipeline to steal natural gas for his farm. Unfortunately, he didn't factor in the 1500 psi natural gas pressure, or the fact that the sparks from cold-chiselling his way into the pipeline (it's inch thick steel) would cause sparks that could potentially ignite the gas spewing forth from the newly created orifice.
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RE: Man Electrocuted While Trying To Steal Power Line

Sat Sep 10, 2005 4:24 pm

Red tail...Red tail...Red tail...Red tail...Red tail...Red tail...Red tail...Red tail...Damned MSP...Red tail...Red tail
 
TedTAce
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RE: Man Electrocuted While Trying To Steal Power Line

Sat Sep 10, 2005 10:56 pm

Quoting AsstChiefMark (Reply 6):
Here are three videos of electricity gone bad.

http://diis.net/p/dl/i/vid/345kV_SWITCH.mpeg
http://diis.net/p/dl/i/vid/XfrmBlast1.mpeg
http://diis.net/p/dl/i/vid/LugoSWR.asx

That's some wicked $hit.... and no one got hurt from the 2nd one?
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dl021
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RE: Man Electrocuted While Trying To Steal Power Line

Sat Sep 10, 2005 11:18 pm

Someone contact the Darwin awards.

Talk about poetic justice.
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