Outage For 4000 Nashville Electric Customers Caused By Copper Theft
Metro Police said a convicted copper thief was critically injured Tuesday morning after he’s accused of attempting copper theft from a Nashville Electric Service substation at Dunn Avenue.
An eyewitness told Fox 17 News he saw the man on top of one of the transformers before the man caught fire and started screaming. The witness called 911 and the man was taken to Vanderbilt University Medical Center and is critical but stable condition.
Police said a neighbour was awakened at about 5 a.m. by a loud explosion. The witness walked to the substation and saw Buhlinger, who suffered electric shock and had severe burns.Police found several areas where they said the Buhlinger had cut ground wire in an attempt to take the copper. The damage caused widespread outages to the substation, leaving more than 4,000 people without power in South Nashville.
Buhlinger, who is homeless, was convicted of burglarizing the same substation in 2015. He also has previous convictions for theft, burglary and assault.
NES provided Fox 17 with the following statement regarding the incident: “Security is of upmost importance to NES. We have protocols in place to deter this type of activity as well as built-in redundancies within our system. NES is cooperating with Metro Police as they conduct their investigation.”
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