|BC Hydro says thieves risked death or serious injury by cutting down two power poles with chainsaws in Surrey. A Spokeswoman said 25,000 volts of electricity was running through a power line when one of the poles was brought down, causing a grass fire on Sunday evening. Their transformers were stripped of copper.|
She said the other pole was located on a property where a house was about to be demolished so the power line was turned off, but the thieves would not have known that when they risked their lives. Metal theft is a huge concern because it affects the safety of the public and BC Hydro’s employees while impacting the reliability of the electrical system, the utility said in a news release.