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Copper theft causes Kaysville power outage
by DAN METCALF, JR. and LOUISE R. SHAW
Jun 10, 2014 | 1189 views | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Burton power substation in Kaysville - Dan Metcalf | Davis Clipper
Burton power substation in Kaysville - Dan Metcalf | Davis Clipper
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KAYSVILLE – Power was knocked out for several Kaysville customers due to a break-in and copper wire theft from a utility substation overnight.

One city official told the Clipper that someone broke into the substation using some sort of bolt cutter to break the locks.

The official said whomever broke in proceeded to cut into wires, knocking out power for approximately 300 Kaysville homes, and starting a small fire at the site.

“It’s lucky [they] weren’t killed,” said the official. “I’m sure the individual was burned pretty badly.”

Kaysville Police Lt. Kenton Pies told the Clipper that the individual(s) stole copper ground wire from the site after cutting the locks on the fence at the substation.

More than 50 pounds of copper wire was taken, valued at approximately $250, according to Pies, who also confirmed that one wire end was melted at the site, suggesting that a power surge and small fire may have occurred.

Lt. Pies added that fire officials were checking with local hospitals to see if anyone had recently sought burn treatment consistent with such an incident.

He also said city crews were able to restore power to the area by late Tuesday morning, and that the case was still under investigation.

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