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Man electrocuted in California copper theft try
sfgate ^ | April 17, 2012 | Associated Press

Posted on 04/17/2012 10:24:31 AM PDT by KingofZion

A suspected Southern California copper thief has been electrocuted after climbing a power pole and using bolt cutters on a live wire, which also caused a power outage. The San Bernardino County Sun ( http://bit.ly/IEc5yx) says the body of 26-year-old Robert Buchanan and bolt cutters were found early Monday at the base of a utility pole in an unincorporated area near Fontana. Nearly 3,100 Southern California Edison customers were without power for about 90 minutes. San Bernardino County sheriff's investigators say Buchanan apparently used the bolt cutters to cut live wires from the pole. A sheriff's spokeswoman says Edison wires are a frequent target of metal recyclers.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: darwinaward
Darwin's work is never done.
1 posted on 04/17/2012 10:24:36 AM PDT by KingofZion
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To: KingofZion

Maybe every killer in the country should be issued a set of bolt cutters and driven to the nearest high voltage power line.


2 posted on 04/17/2012 10:26:24 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: KingofZion

Dying while stupid is not the way to go.


3 posted on 04/17/2012 10:27:08 AM PDT by mardi59 ( Go Newt!!)
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To: KingofZion

If at first you don’t succeed...well that doesn’t apply when high voltage current is concerned;)


4 posted on 04/17/2012 10:28:16 AM PDT by Frank_2001
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To: KingofZion

Gene pool just got a little deeper.


5 posted on 04/17/2012 10:28:31 AM PDT by Clara Lou
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To: KingofZion

Awesome, I’m just sorry for the people who were without power for 90 minutes.


6 posted on 04/17/2012 10:30:11 AM PDT by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius, (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: KingofZion
Definitely a Darwin award recipient.
7 posted on 04/17/2012 10:31:02 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: KingofZion

I love stories with happy endings.


8 posted on 04/17/2012 10:31:37 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (For every black person murdered by a white, thirty-nine white people are murdered by blacks.)
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To: KingofZion
Head line should read:”...California copper theft fry.”
9 posted on 04/17/2012 10:31:58 AM PDT by 4yearlurker (Sorry,no tag line today.)
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Yo, to potential copper thieves out there,

Here is a 100% sure way to tell if the wire is live or not -

Be sure to touch the wire you’re about to cut with your bare hand or cutting tool.


10 posted on 04/17/2012 10:32:19 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: KingofZion
There have been huge copper thieving taking place in Northern CA too (Sacramento area). Let's hope for the same electrifying results up here!
11 posted on 04/17/2012 10:33:49 AM PDT by SoldierDad (Proud dad of an Army Soldier who has survived 24 months of Combat deployment.)
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To: KingofZion

So, California has the death penalty for stealing copper wire?


12 posted on 04/17/2012 10:34:08 AM PDT by jim_trent
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To: KingofZion

Stand your ground law


13 posted on 04/17/2012 10:35:35 AM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bailout)
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To: KingofZion

Completed the circuit.
Completed his Earthly journey.
Completed his Darwin Award entry.


14 posted on 04/17/2012 10:36:46 AM PDT by Made In The USA (Bacon wrapped in bacon, wrapped in bacon, wrapped in bacon...)
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To: KingofZion

Now THIS is a FR kind of thread!


15 posted on 04/17/2012 10:39:19 AM PDT by PetroniusMaximus
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To: mardi59

Who says you can’t fix stupid? Is this referred to as a “Buzz kill?”


16 posted on 04/17/2012 10:40:38 AM PDT by W.Lee (No compromise)
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To: jim_trent

There MUST be a lawsuit here in the works. The Electric Grid wasn’t suppose to FRY someone (sarc)


17 posted on 04/17/2012 10:40:38 AM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: KingofZion

Volts Kill!! Obamas fault!


18 posted on 04/17/2012 10:43:56 AM PDT by mardi59 ( Go Newt!!)
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To: KingofZion
The San Bernardino County Sun ( http://bit.ly/IEc5yx) says the body of 26-year-old Robert Buchanan and bolt cutters were found early Monday at the base of a utility pole in an unincorporated area near Fontana.

What do you bet that he "borrowed" the climbing equipment from a tree service that hires illegals? I guess you'd call it a new form of "moonlighting."

19 posted on 04/17/2012 10:45:34 AM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RINOcrat Party is still in charge. There has never been a conservative American government.)
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To: Made In The USA
Completed the circuit.
Completed his Earthly journey.
Completed his Darwin Award entry.


20 posted on 04/17/2012 10:47:07 AM PDT by JRios1968 (I'm guttery and trashy, with a hint of lemon. - Laz)
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To: W.Lee

Is this referred to as a “Buzz kill?”

**********

Guess so. It sure rang his bells.


21 posted on 04/17/2012 10:47:19 AM PDT by mardi59 ( Go Newt!!)
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To: VRWC For Truth

LMAO! You get the best comment on thread award.


22 posted on 04/17/2012 10:48:15 AM PDT by Greystoke
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To: KingofZion

23 posted on 04/17/2012 10:49:26 AM PDT by jiggyboy (Ten percent of poll respondents are either lying or insane)
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To: KingofZion
This is a tragedy!

The lost power to the customers, that is...

24 posted on 04/17/2012 10:51:06 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: KingofZion

The ultimate ZOT!


25 posted on 04/17/2012 10:51:51 AM PDT by ScottinVA (A single drop of American blood for muslims is one drop too many!)
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To: ScottinVA

Hold my Loan Star and watch this.


26 posted on 04/17/2012 10:57:09 AM PDT by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: Made In The USA
Completed his Earthly journey.

He was well grounded.

27 posted on 04/17/2012 10:58:12 AM PDT by Disambiguator
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To: KingofZion

Did someone order their copper thief “extra crispy”? If not they are going to be disappointed.


28 posted on 04/17/2012 10:59:57 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: Disambiguator

He doubtlessly went out with a BANG!


29 posted on 04/17/2012 11:00:21 AM PDT by GladesGuru (In a society predicated upon freedom, it is necessary to examine principles."...the public interest)
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To: Sir Napsalot
I was a Shift Manager in a large generating Station in the Northeast. I was in my office one night watch, one weekend, when I heard the unmistakable sound of a turbine generator winding down.

It seems some young lady broke up with a guy, it broke his heart. The guy decided to end it all by giving a 345KV line a BJ and knocked us out. Took a couple of days to find all of the pieces.

30 posted on 04/17/2012 11:02:04 AM PDT by Little Bill (Sorry)
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To: KingofZion

If at first you don’t succeed, fry, fry again.


31 posted on 04/17/2012 11:05:05 AM PDT by JPG (Hold on tight; rough road ahead.)
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To: KingofZion

Darn, and it wasn’t even Fry-day.


32 posted on 04/17/2012 11:12:05 AM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (Newt's not a perfect candidate but Jesus isn't running this year. - shoff)
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To: KingofZion
Back a few months ago there was a picture circulating on the Internet of two guys electrocuted while trying to steal copper wiring in the Dallas area. Gruesome ...
33 posted on 04/17/2012 11:13:12 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: KingofZion

What a shocking story!


34 posted on 04/17/2012 11:14:31 AM PDT by Repealthe17thAmendment (Is this field required?)
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To: KingofZion

His childhood dream was realized, he became a conductor.


35 posted on 04/17/2012 11:15:12 AM PDT by eartrumpet
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To: mardi59

Alessandro Giuseppe Antonio Anastasio Gerolamo Umberto Volta says

"Don't do that"!

36 posted on 04/17/2012 11:21:24 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten
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To: KingofZion

Arc flash that occurred when racking an industrial size circuit breaker. (The guy was not injured amazingly.)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6Im7PLduwc


37 posted on 04/17/2012 11:24:26 AM PDT by Jack Hydrazine (It's the end of the world as we know it and I feel fine!)
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To: KingofZion

Ok, say you’re a metal recycler and someone comes in with wires that are obviously power wires, what do you do?

Apparently, all they do is give the perp the money without asking questions. Put some cameras in these places and make the seller prove where he got the cable.

Much as I dislike adding any more power to LE, what else is there to do since they don’t fry themselves on a regular basis?


38 posted on 04/17/2012 11:24:36 AM PDT by Lx (Do you like it, do you like it. Scott? I call it Mr. and Mrs. Tennerman chili.)
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To: 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten

He needs to call obama.


39 posted on 04/17/2012 11:24:46 AM PDT by mardi59 ( Go Newt!!)
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To: BluH2o

You should see what happened to the guys trying to steal fiberoptic line!


40 posted on 04/17/2012 11:25:23 AM PDT by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter knows whom he's working for)
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To: jim_trent
So, California has the death penalty for stealing copper wire?

Yes, but only for that and smoking (which offense he also committed immediately after sentence was carried out for the first one).

41 posted on 04/17/2012 11:28:23 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: mardi59
Volts Kill!! Obamas fault!

Damned racist white electrons! Probably conservative too!

42 posted on 04/17/2012 11:30:21 AM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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To: Sir Napsalot

I thought if you put your tongue on a wire it should taste sour so you know there is electricty flowing.


43 posted on 04/17/2012 11:32:11 AM PDT by Rikki Doxx
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To: KingofZion

HE DID IT!
HE DID IT!
He discovered FREE ENERGY!


44 posted on 04/17/2012 11:33:42 AM PDT by RavenLooneyToon (Tail gunner Joe was right.)
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To: KingofZion

Perhaps he thought that if he was fast enough he would not close the circuit.


45 posted on 04/17/2012 12:09:39 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: VRWC For Truth
Stand your ground law

Resistance is futile.
46 posted on 04/17/2012 12:11:27 PM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: 353FMG

I used to work for a large power company in California. One night a real dummy tried to steal some copper from one of our power plants.

It literally blew him to pieces.


47 posted on 04/17/2012 12:12:36 PM PDT by Wordkraft (Remember who the Collaborators are.)
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To: Wordkraft

I worked Bell System. I think they are sometimes thinking they are getting a phone cable, if it’s sheathed. Bare wire i cannot comprehend.
One Hell of a way to be wrong.


48 posted on 04/17/2012 12:21:07 PM PDT by GOYAKLA (Recall/ Impeachment Day, November 6, 2012. FUBO)
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To: KingofZion

When I was a kid, I tried to stick a car key into a power outlet. Mom screamed and ran to stop me. My Dad stopped her. He said, “Let the little rat learn about electricity.” His nickname for me was Sparky.


49 posted on 04/17/2012 12:23:14 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: blueunicorn6
When I was a kid, I tried to stick a car key into a power outlet. Mom screamed and ran to stop me. My Dad stopped her. He said, “Let the little rat learn about electricity.” His nickname for me was Sparky.

I did something similar when I was around 4. No key, I think it was a worn cord, or maybe I partly pulled out the plug and touched the still-energized prongs. Hurt like crazy. For about 5 seconds. I cried. I felt better. I work on live circuits all the time now and haven't managed to electrocute myself yet. (Maybe that early experience created an addiction!)

I read an interesting article in a trade rag a month or two ago where they actually had the stones to question current levels of PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) requirements, and published a survey where a lot of electrical and controls engineers said they frequently ignored the "requirements" when working in live panels. These requirements have gotten so out of hand if they applied in your home, you couldn't plug in a lamp or change a light bulb without full fire retardant gear, insulating gloves and full face mask. Ludicrous.

Even in the commentary in the article and the follow-up article, they couldn't completely shed their nannyish mindset, referring to the stuff as "necessary" or "needed" gear (as opposed to maybe "mandated"), even in a sentence acknowledging how many knowledgeable people think it's moronic.

50 posted on 04/17/2012 7:54:12 PM PDT by Still Thinking (Freedom is NOT a loophole!)
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