Idaho man electrocuted after jumping on power transformer

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Posted at 12:23 PM, Aug 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-16 14:23:37-04

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho — Authorities in eastern Idaho say a man was electrocuted after jumping on a power transformer in Idaho Falls.

The Idaho Falls Fire Department said in a prepared statement the man died instantly from the electrocution. Police and firefighters were sent to Idaho Falls Power shortly before midnight for a report of someone climbing on a water tower on the municipal utility’s property.

The fire department says the man refused to come down, and later climbed a fence into the power plant. He was electrocuted and died instantly after he came into contact with a high-voltage power line on a transformer. The man’s name was not released.