& # 39; Luckily no one was killed & # 39 ;: Vandals cut off live electricity poles – which caused major power outages in Sydney – in an attempt to steal copper wire
- Vandals used chainsaws on Friday to cut two posts in Fiddleton, Sydney
- Ausgrid crews saw the poles responding to 700 calls from fallen power lines
- New South Wales and Queensland were hit by strong winds and different fires
Vandals have cut down live power poles that are causing a major power outage in Sydney, all in an attempt to steal copper wire.
Two power poles in Fiddleton, in the north of the city, were cut down with chainsaws on Friday evening.
Emergency services noticed vandalism and responded to more than 700 calls from fallen trees and power lines in Sydney during the weekend.
In the midst of heavy wild weather, two night poles in Fiddleton, in the north of Sydney, were chopped down with chainsaws (photo)
Ausgrid & # 39; s Chief Operating Officer Trevor Armstrong slammed the vandals and described their behavior as the & # 39; height of stupidity & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I cannot say enough how dangerous and irresponsible this behavior is & # 39 ;, Mr. Armstrong said in a statement Monday.
& # 39; It is stupid to cut down a power pole with live power lines, we are incredibly lucky that no one has been killed or seriously injured. & # 39;
One of the posts was placed in a tree, while the other was across the street with emergency teams installing replacement posts on Sunday.
Ausgrid emergency services noticed the destroyed poles (photo) while responding to more than 700 calls from fallen power lines and trees in Sydney
& # 39; It is incredibly disappointing that we have to spend resources on solving unnecessary and criminal damage like this, especially in a weekend when our emergency services were already responding to wind damage, & # 39; he said.
Ausgrid crews are currently still constructing new electricity lines.
Vandalism came in the aftermath of strong winds in New South Wales and Queensland.
Several forest fires have been burned by both states with more than 50 fires reportedly burning around NSW on Monday.
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