There are many high voltage transmission lines that cross Connecticut. The lines are held up by transmission towers of various construction. The ones most commonly installed near urban areas are called "metal ornamental towers" (supposedly prettier than wood structures). Sometimes adventurous folks climb the towers to enjoy the view and the night air. Most stay away from the wires and when they get bored come back down.

Apparently, a 22 year old man forlorn after a recent spat with his girlfriend needed some fresh air to clear his head and decided to climb a tower. He stopped for a six-pack to help clear his thoughts before heading to a tower south of Hartford, next to I-91. He climbed the tower and what follows was pieced together by power company employees.

The man sat 60 feet above the highway, drank his beer and consoled his bruised ego. After five beers, he needed to do what most people need to do after five beers. With it being such a long way down, he unzipped and did his business right there on the tower. Electricity is a funny thing. One doesn't need to touch a wire to get shocked. Depending on conditions, 115,000 volt lines, like those supported by this tower, could shock a person as far away as six feet. When the man "whizzed" near the wire, the power arced to the "stream" (urine is an excellent conductor of electricity), traveled up to his private parts and blew him off the tower.

The power company noted a momentary outage on the line and sent workers to see if there was any damage. When they arrived at the scene, they found a very dead person, his fly down, what was left of his private parts smoking and a single beer left on top of the tower.

Joomla Template: by JoomlaShack