Thursday, June 16, 2005

Power Line Theft Leaves 80,000 Powerless

So I'm wondering, how does one go about cutting a live, high-voltage, electrical cable?

As many as 80,000 people in northern China lost their power when the attempted theft of a power line went spectacularly wrong.

A high-tension cable that was cut on Monday fell onto a highway and became snagged on a passing tanker truck, said the state-run China Daily.

The trailing wire then dragged down seven steel towers along the highway in Huayin, northern Shaanxi province.

Traffic on the highway was stopped for nine hours and tens of thousands of people lost electricity.

Thieves sell the stolen wire for scrap.

Last year, China recorded the worst power shortages in decades as the electricity network strained to supply the booming economy.

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