Calgary Substation Copper Theft Causes Outage For 5000 Enmax Customers
A case of copper theft is being blamed for a power outage that affected thousands of homes in northeast Calgary early Tuesday morning.
Enmax, the city-owned power company, said the outages started at 5:54 a.m. and affected 4,732 customers in the residential neighbourhoods of Taradale and Saddle Ridge, as well as 107 customers in nearby industrial areas. The power was restored within about two hours.
In December 2015, Enmax issued a statement about what it described as a growing problem with thieves breaking open electrical transmission equipment for scrap copper, despite the obvious hazards that come with the practice.”Recently, we’ve seen a rash of copper thefts from our electrical transformers (those green boxes found in many neighbourhoods) and other electricity infrastructure,” the company said at the time. “This unfortunate trend is caused by people who are willing to risk injury, or possibly death for a few quick, albeit illegal dollars.”
In February, Calgary Police arrested and charged two people with breaking and entering in relation to an incident at an Enmax transformer.
In 2013, a man was killed during an apparent theft attempt an Enmax substation in southeast Calgary.
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