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Vandals throw spears at powerlines, spark outage


Vandals who have been throwing spears and other objects at powerlines in the Far North are warned their putting lives in danger.

Ergon Energy crews investigating a major power outage at Lockhart River have uncovered damage from a spear gun and other items.

It nearly bought down the powerlines and disrupted the electricity network.

Ergon manager Charlie Casa says throwing items at powerlines can end in tragedy.

“We cannot stress this enough – electricity can kill if you don’t take care and stay line aware,” he says.

“We also found Christmas lights, a hula hoop, a power board and speaker wire entangled in powerlines – the people who threw these objects at the network could have been seriously injured or killed."

Mr Casa says it's not an isolated case, as crews see toys thrown at powerlines, axe marks on poles and numerous cases of copper being stolen from the power network across the state.

“It needs to stop before someone gets hurt or worse.

"Just stay away from the electricity network – poles, powerlines, pillar boxes and substations," he says.

“If you see someone interfering with electrical assets, please report it to police. It could be a lifesaving call.”