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The FBI is offering a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever was responsible for intentionally downing an Entergy high-voltage transmission line in Holland Bottoms on Highway 321 east of Cabot in Lonoke County.
The FBI said someone attached a cable to the framework of the 100-foot tower and placed the cable across the nearby Union Pacific Railroad tracks in an attempt to use a moving train to bring down the tower. A portion of the tower and tower dropped without harm to anyone early Wednesday. Said an FBI release:
At approximately 7:20 am Sunday morning, October 6, 2013, officials with First Electric Cooperative reported a power outage which affected approximately 10,000 customers in the Cabot area. An inspection of two wooden power poles located near the 1400 block of Robin Road, behind the McBride Subdivision, revealed that they were intentionally cut.
The person or persons responsible for this incident took a tractor that had been parked inside a fenced area at the intersection of Poston Road and John Shelton Road, close to the Furlow community near Highway 294, and drove it through a locked cattle gate. We believe the person or persons drove the tractor south on John Shelton Road, then turned west on either Billy Lane or Phillips Road, then drove the tractor off road at County Road 466 and Phillips Road, following the cleared area of the power line to the wooded area where the poles are located. Our investigation has determined that this tractor was utilized to pull down one of the poles after the poles were cut.
The Public Electricity Corporation issued a statement last week calling on the government to catch those behind the attacks, warning that the power station could collapse completely if attacks continued.
reply to post by speculativeoptimist
Copper wire would be quick and valuable but taking that off live wires is dangerous. Maybe if someone was drunk or high they may be stupid enough to pull that but anyone with a functioning brain would not even attempt it.
Maybe they are trying to knock out power so they can rob some place. That I would believe as a good possibility. A base has big backup generators, it would seem stupid to expect to take down a base's power grid.
reply to post by rickymouse
Yea I just wondered and you are right most scrap yards require ID now, but here in Oregon we had an outbreak for a coupe of years before the ID was required and some of my country neighbors had their gates stolen and in Portland, some tweaks actually cut down a giant freeway light and tried to cash it in.
It does seem like this is more of an attempt to do damage for some reason, which could be affective given the state of our grids, with the exception of Texas's grid.
Gunfire was heard about 1:46 a.m. at the Metcalf substation on the southeast outskirts of San Jose, according to Kurtis Stenderup, a spokesman for the county sheriff. Investigators later determined a high-powered rifle had been used, and they are treating the damage as an act of vandalism, he said.
About a quarter of an hour before the shots, someone cut fiber optic cables belonging to AT&T, located about a half-mile from the power station and due to the close timing and proximity, investigators believe the incidents are linked, he added.