Video: Fallen powerline sparks in Wyo. firefighter's hands
The Evansville firefighter walked away, apparently unhurt
By Leila Merrill
EVANSVILLE, Wyo. — A fallen powerline exploded in the hands of an Evansville firefighter Monday night, K2radio reported.
While some firefighters worked to contain a house fire near King and Fifth streets, others were tasked with managing the downed line. One firefighter reportedly tried to handle the powerline, which sparked.
As K2radio reported, "It was a scary moment, but the firefighter appeared to be okay, walking it off and taking a breath before working with his compatriots on the rest of the fire."
There has been no report of injuries.
Rocky Mountain Power arrived soon after to handle the downed line.
The powerline might not have caused the fire and could have fallen because of the fire.
Evansville Police Chief Mike Thompson said arson is suspected.
Firefighter hazard: Downed power lines
Understand the real risks electricity pose as you will likely encounter downed power lines when responding to structure fires, vehicle accidents or weather events