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More Electrically Charged Streetlights, Utility Covers Found In Seattle

KIRO7TV.COM - New dangerous streetlights and utility covers have been discovered in Seattle, two months after an electrically charged cover killed a dog on Queen Anne. Before Seattle City Light recently tested the utility cover in the middle of the street in West Seattle at Fauntleroy and Edmunds Street, a dog or a person could have been shocked or electrocuted.

The cover, one of four new problem spots City Light found in its latest round of safety testing since Dec. 29, was emitting 97 volts of electricity. Of the four, two of those are in West Seattle. At 56th Avenue Southwest and Bradford Street, crews repaired a connector that was touching a streetlight pole, energizing the pole and a nearby utility cover.

At Marine View Drive Southwest and 42nd Avenue, workers are trying to figure out why a utility hole cover nearby is emitting voltage. A streetlight pole near 12th Avenue and Jackson Street in the International District was the fourth problem City Light found.

In that instance, a utility crew found frayed wiring, which was energizing the pole's ground wire, charging it with about 100 volts of electricity.

City Light said at each of the problem locations, they have turned off the power while the problems are fixed.

So far, nearly 5,400 streetlights and covers have been tested, about 18 percent of the 30,000 that City Light plans to examine.

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