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Man electrocted while climbing Alabama Power transformer, (trying to steal copper wire)
timesdaily.com ^ | 3-22-05 | The Associated Press

Posted on 03/22/2005 7:42:49 PM PST by WKB

A man trying to steal copper wire from a power facility along Highway 280 died of electric shock Friday night, Lee County authorities said.

The 42-year-old man, whose name was withheld pending family notification, had cut some wire and tossed it on the ground before climbing on top of the transformer at the Alabama Power substation in Salem, Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said.

The man's body touched the high voltage lines, which caused an explosion and electrocuted him instantly, Harris said.

Alabama Power officials said there was 44,000 volts of electricity running through each of the three lines going into the transformer.

An autopsy will be performed on the man's body, Harris said.

The case is still under investigation.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: Alabama; US: Mississippi
KEYWORDS: 44kvzot; autozot; cary; darwin
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1 posted on 03/22/2005 7:42:50 PM PST by WKB
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To: WKB

Hold Ma Beer...


2 posted on 03/22/2005 7:43:46 PM PST by Anti-Bubba182
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To: WKB

"An autopsy will be performed on the man's body, Harris said."

I can guess what killed him.


3 posted on 03/22/2005 7:44:07 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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To: WKB

Cripsy


4 posted on 03/22/2005 7:44:09 PM PST by Crazieman (Islam. Religion of peace, and they'll kill you to prove it.)
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To: goldensky; gulfcoast6; MamaB; skaterboy; sgent; selucreh; RebelDS; The Loan Arranger; Malichi; ...

Ms neighbor ping


5 posted on 03/22/2005 7:44:09 PM PST by WKB (You can half the good and double the bad people say about themselves.)
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To: Crazieman

Crispy*


6 posted on 03/22/2005 7:44:21 PM PST by Crazieman (Islam. Religion of peace, and they'll kill you to prove it.)
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To: WKB

"An autopsy will be performed on the man's body, Harris said."


Why?


7 posted on 03/22/2005 7:44:30 PM PST by cripplecreek (I'm apathetic but really don't care.)
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To: Anti-Bubba182

What a 'shocking' story...


8 posted on 03/22/2005 7:44:31 PM PST by Iscool
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To: WKB

Darwin Award Nominee.


9 posted on 03/22/2005 7:44:33 PM PST by inkling
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To: WKB

Death by natural causes. You short 44,000 volts with your fat butt, you're naturally gonna die.


10 posted on 03/22/2005 7:45:14 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: WKB
This should be an interesting thread. I'll start.

I'm SHOCKED!. zzzzzzzztttt.... boink

11 posted on 03/22/2005 7:45:54 PM PST by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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To: WKB

ZOT!


12 posted on 03/22/2005 7:46:38 PM PST by glasseye
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To: WKB

[An autopsy will be performed on the man's body, Harris said.]


Probably to determine the blood alcohol level.


13 posted on 03/22/2005 7:47:15 PM PST by spinestein ( "I thought I knew everything. I didn't get it. I'm here to say I was totally wrong." --B. Boxer)
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To: WKB

Uh...Its Bush's fault???


14 posted on 03/22/2005 7:47:32 PM PST by Magnum44 (Terrorism is a disease, precise application of superior force is the ONLY cure)
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To: WKB

Darwin Winner!!


15 posted on 03/22/2005 7:47:38 PM PST by stboz
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To: cripplecreek
"An autopsy will be performed on the man's body, Harris said."

You mean there was something LEFT to autopsy?

Can you imagine this guy showing up at the pearly gates?

Saint Peter: 'Hmmm, you look a little charbroiled there fella, did you make a wrong turn?'

Copper Thief: 'Oh, very funny'
16 posted on 03/22/2005 7:47:58 PM PST by Mad Mammoth
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To: glasseye

Watts up?


17 posted on 03/22/2005 7:48:02 PM PST by MaryFromMichigan (We childproofed our home, but they are still getting in)
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To: WKB
An autopsy will be performed on the man's body if they can gather up enough of the innerds.
18 posted on 03/22/2005 7:48:41 PM PST by RightWhale (Please correct if cosmic balance requires.)
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To: WKB
Been there, done that walked away.


19 posted on 03/22/2005 7:48:51 PM PST by Professional Engineer (My baby girl has the strongest little finger known to man.)
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To: WKB

Amazing how the article didn't somehow blame George Bush, Dick Cheney, or Don Rumsfield for this incident.


21 posted on 03/22/2005 7:49:43 PM PST by exit82 (You see, I've been to the desert on a horse with no name--then I found FreeRepublic.)
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To: Billthedrill

[Death by natural causes. You short 44,000 volts with your fat butt, you're naturally gonna die.]


Does anyone here know the number of amps (current) that flowed through this poor unfortunate chap.


22 posted on 03/22/2005 7:50:15 PM PST by spinestein ( "I thought I knew everything. I didn't get it. I'm here to say I was totally wrong." --B. Boxer)
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To: spinestein

Blood alcohol!! Its probably vaporized!!


23 posted on 03/22/2005 7:50:18 PM PST by mo
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To: WKB

heard to be singing REO Speedwagon's "Time for me to Fry"
as he plummeted towards Earth.


24 posted on 03/22/2005 7:50:24 PM PST by Rakkasan1 (Keep drilling. Mother Nature will make more.)
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To: Professional Engineer

Holy crap, does that look dangerous. It looks like there might even be some asbestos wrapping in there.


25 posted on 03/22/2005 7:50:56 PM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: Mad Mammoth

Couldn't they just install one of those turkey pop up timers?


26 posted on 03/22/2005 7:51:15 PM PST by cripplecreek (I'm apathetic but really don't care.)
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To: WKB

"Wow, the taser wasn't this bad"


27 posted on 03/22/2005 7:51:25 PM PST by taxesareforever
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To: RightWhale

Autopsy? What does the examiner use, a steak knife? Good grief, why waste the $ when it's clear what killed him?


28 posted on 03/22/2005 7:51:38 PM PST by Big Giant Head (Barring all differences, they're identical.)
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To: spinestein
After all, it is the amps that kill ya.
29 posted on 03/22/2005 7:51:57 PM PST by July 4th (A vacant lot cancelled out my vote for Bush.)
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To: spinestein

"Does anyone here know the number of amps (current) that flowed through this poor unfortunate chap."


Enough.


30 posted on 03/22/2005 7:52:06 PM PST by cripplecreek (I'm apathetic but really don't care.)
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To: WKB
If he had lived, would they try him in a circuit court?
31 posted on 03/22/2005 7:53:08 PM PST by MaryFromMichigan (We childproofed our home, but they are still getting in)
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To: Professional Engineer
Here's another one:

These rats, they just don't think . . .

32 posted on 03/22/2005 7:53:25 PM PST by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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To: WKB

What a hair raising tale.


33 posted on 03/22/2005 7:53:38 PM PST by armymarinemom (My sons freed Iraqi and Afghanistan Honor Roll students.)
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To: spinestein
"Does anyone here know the number of amps (current) that flowed through this poor unfortunate chap."

This one goes to eleven.

34 posted on 03/22/2005 7:53:44 PM PST by Big Giant Head (Barring all differences, they're identical.)
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To: WKB

Paging the Darwin Award committee!


35 posted on 03/22/2005 7:53:53 PM PST by GladesGuru
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To: Professional Engineer
That's the kind of thingie that bad guys stumble into in James Bond and Lethal Weapon movies.

Cooooool.

36 posted on 03/22/2005 7:53:57 PM PST by Hank Rearden (Never allow anyone who could only get a government job attempt to tell you how to run your life.)
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To: WKB
"Man electrocted ... "

If I remember correctly, this was probably that 'mistaken appointment' President Bush was talking about a few months ago.

But I'm sure President Bush meant electrActed.

37 posted on 03/22/2005 7:54:29 PM PST by knarf (A place where anyone can learn anything ... especially that which promotes clear thinking.)
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To: spinestein
does anyone here know the number of amps (current) that flowed through this poor unfortunate chap.

Once the breakdown resistance, of skin, was exceeded, probably a few hundred. BTW, it takes about 50milliamps through the chest to kill a person.

38 posted on 03/22/2005 7:55:11 PM PST by Professional Engineer (My baby girl has the strongest little finger known to man.)
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To: WKB

44,000 volts !!! OUCH !!!! or ( !!!!!!!


39 posted on 03/22/2005 7:55:24 PM PST by Deetes (Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick)
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To: WKB

Sadly, this is very near the trailer park I stay at when I am in the Auburn area. This guy could sell the copper wire at the local flea market, (Or maybe he was the one selling it?) Too bad people have to pay such a high price for locating and harvesting such a commodity, but I guess the price of copper is always going up. They use a lot of delta wiring now, so there is no neutral wire. Bummer.


40 posted on 03/22/2005 7:55:52 PM PST by KC_for_Freedom (Sailing the highways of America, and loving it.)
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To: WKB
I guess that wire would have been considered hot merchandise.
41 posted on 03/22/2005 7:56:04 PM PST by Flyer (* https://dahtcom.nameservices.net *)
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To: WKB; mhking

...got damn?


42 posted on 03/22/2005 7:56:14 PM PST by RichInOC (Sometimes, stupidity is its own punishment...but not as often as it should be.)
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To: cripplecreek

To keep the coroner employed. Ya know its union rules.


43 posted on 03/22/2005 7:56:27 PM PST by festus (The constitution may be flawed but its a whole lot better than what we have now.)
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To: WKB

Darwin shoots! He scores!


44 posted on 03/22/2005 7:56:40 PM PST by thoughtomator (Will Michael Schiavo get away with murdering his wife? Stay tuned to find out!)
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To: Big Giant Head

The examiner would probably use a fork. I suppose he's been well done. In another sense, though, he may be rare.


45 posted on 03/22/2005 7:56:47 PM PST by GSlob
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To: WKB
before climbing on top of the transformer

"Hey everybody, let me show you what a light bulb looks like when it burns out"

46 posted on 03/22/2005 7:57:10 PM PST by taxesareforever
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To: KC_for_Freedom

I heard copper is going for about $1.00\lb.


47 posted on 03/22/2005 7:57:14 PM PST by WKB (You can half the good and double the bad people say about themselves.)
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To: WKB

He was martyred. "(Insert his name here) of Arc."


48 posted on 03/22/2005 7:57:16 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: July 4th
It looks like there might even be some asbestos wrapping in there.

LOL. This comes from an apartment building built in 1924. It's riddled with asbestos, and lead paint. Probably about 3 months to abate it 'enough' to sell the units as condos.

49 posted on 03/22/2005 7:57:32 PM PST by Professional Engineer (My baby girl has the strongest little finger known to man.)
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To: WKB

If Carson was on this case, he would investigate the copper clapper keleptoto caper in cleveland in the copper-clapper caper. (I wish I could remember the Carson lines).


50 posted on 03/22/2005 7:57:41 PM PST by Cobra64 (Babes should wear Bullet Bras - www.BulletBras.net)
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