Copper Theft Disrupts Power for Thousands in Cullman County
Thousands of people in Cullman County were left in the dark this morning after hundreds of feet of cooper was stolen from a power sub-station.
Communications Manager Brian Lacy says the electric company began getting calls about voltage issues Friday morning.
They went to the substation to investigate, and found two to three hundred feet of copper wiring missing. Crews had to turn off power to make necessary repairs, but they quickly had power restored 90 minutes later.
“It’s incredibly dangerous and maybe more surprising to someone didn’t get seriously hurt doing this,” Lacy said. “When you’re talking about the amount of electricity running through a substation could easily, easily kill someone instantly if you made contact with that. Obviously, they knew what they were doing.”
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