A deadly downed power line electrocuted a Huntington Beach resident just after midnight Monday when the victim went outside to check on an electrical outage.
The tragic death came despite on-going publicity campaigns by Southern California Edison warning of the dangers of downed power lines.
The deadly Orange County incident occurred at 12:23 a.m. at 8272 Brush Drive, said Huntington Beach Police Lt. Mitchell O’Brien.
“It appears to be from some downed power line,” O’Brien said. “There was an interruption of power and we believe he went out to check on it.”
The man was pronounced dead at the scene, the lieutenant said.
A power outage reported at 12:27 a.m. in Huntington Beach affected 199 customers, according to Edison’s online outage center. The estimated time of restoration was 3 p.m.
As part of its publicity campaign, Edison warns people to avoid downed power lines.
“Don’t touch anyone or anything in contact with a downed power liner,” according to an online statement. “Always assume downed power lines are energized and dangerous. Stay away and call 911.”
Billboards and other advertising media have been used in on-going Edison warnings.
— City News Service
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