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#30215 - 10/07/03 10:45 PM Would-be Copper Thief Gets Burnt...  
ThinkGood  Offline
Joined: Aug 2002
Posts: 1,081
Milwaukee, WI
I was going to post this in the Safety News area, but there doesn't seem to be anything very safe about what this fellow did:

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#30216 - 10/07/03 11:58 PM Re: Would-be Copper Thief Gets Burnt...  
Bjarney  Offline
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West-Southern Inner-Northeast ...
(See a vaguely related story linked at )

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#30217 - 10/08/03 12:49 AM Re: Would-be Copper Thief Gets Burnt...  
straightedge  Offline
Joined: Mar 2002
Posts: 86
Mesa, AZ

That is not about copper theifs!!!!

#30218 - 10/08/03 01:53 AM Re: Would-be Copper Thief Gets Burnt...  
Big Jim  Offline
Joined: Jul 2003
Posts: 394
Denver, CO USA
Yea, but it sure is about someone receiving a severe electrical shock. Hence -somewhat related-

#30219 - 10/11/03 06:02 AM Re: Would-be Copper Thief Gets Burnt...  
Trumpy  Offline

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SI,New Zealand
Big Jim,
I agree with ya mate!.
straightedge, I think what Bjarney was trying to illustrate, was the fact of the similarity in the arc-fault explosions.
Over here we have had several idiots trying to remove our over-head wires, for the Cu content, someone wants to tell these Egg-heads that HV lines are copper-coated Steel or Steel cored Aluminium!. [Linked Image]

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#30220 - 10/11/03 02:50 PM Re: Would-be Copper Thief Gets Burnt...  
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My point was that both were medium-voltage incidents that can be very unforgiving…

In many places, scrap-metals yards and coils of wire are sort of like pawn shops and jewelry—either will alert officials if someone comes in off the street with goods of suspicious origin.

I don’t know if it happens very often, but I have heard of electric utilities keeping remote sections of line energized to discourage interest in ‘span harvesting.’

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