Powerline vandals ‘endanger lives'

ERGON Energy has denounced an act of vandalism that cut power to Capella and surrounding rural areas last Friday.

Corporate communications manager Bob Pleash said the incident, where a household extension lead was thrown over a high voltage line, was witnessed by a member of the public.

The outage affected 737 customers when power was cut at 3.48pm and restored at 3.51pm.

A crew was called to remove the extension lead from the 22,000 volt line in the township area.

"People who engage in this kind of behaviour are not only endangering their own lives, but those of others," Mr Pleash said.

"These actions can have serious and sometimes fatal consequences, particularly when power lines are brought down as a result.

"Apart from the inconvenience and interruption, this also presents a very serious safety issue. We would urge people not to engage in dangerous and senseless activities."


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