Copper Wire Theft Causes Major Safety Concern

RCMP are investigating after responding to a complaint of theft of copper wire from Newfoundland Power’s infrastructure in the Epworth area of the Burin Peninsula on Thursday.

As a result of the theft a regulator site near Epworth became improperly grounded, energizing the surrounding ground to 4000 volts. This was enough power to endanger life in the immediate area around the regulator site for any Newfoundland Power employees, the general public, and to the individual(s) involved in the theft.

Newfoundland Power and the RCMP are very concerned about this sort of theft, given the extreme danger it presents.

RCMP are asking anyone who has any information about this incident to contact them at 709-279-3001.