Bizarre incidents cut power

By JURIS GRANEY

THREE bizarre incidents surround the loss of electricity to some parts of Grafton on Saturday.

In the first, a resident in Clarence Street caused damage to a low voltage main causing a two-and-a-half hour interruption when a tree they were lopping crashed onto lines about 12.30pm.

Around 4pm a kite being flown by children became entangled in 11,000 volt powerlines in a park on the corner of Kent and Powell streets at 4pm.

A Country Energy spokesman said the children tried to pull the kite free, causing the powerlines to clash and tripping safety devices, resulting in a 30minute interruption.

"The children were not at the scene when our workers got there," he said.

"They had run off and with a bang like that I am not surprised."

The third and more serious incident involved an object being thrown over 11,000 volt powerlines in Dobie Street, causing an explosion and an interruption to supply.

"Children are believed to have been involved in this potentially fatal incident," he said.

Country Energy Far North Coast regional general manager Brian Glawson stressed the dangers of members of the public coming into contact with switchyards, substations, powerlines and other electrical components.

"People and electricity can be a potentially lethal combination," he said.

"It is vital that everyone in the community understands the potential hazards of electricity.

"Fortunately no-one was injured, however these incidents have caused equipment damage and power supply interruptions and could have had far worse consequences."



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