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Avista Substation Theft Causes Massive Power Outage

COEUR d' ALENE, Idaho - At least 6,000 Avista customers lost power Monday morning because of a copper wire theft at the substation at Prairie and Hutter roads near Post Falls according to Avista.
 
At 8am Avista workers discovered that copper ground wire had been stolen from the substation. The ground wire helps regulate the flow of electricity to customers.
 
Workers tried to transfer the load to another substation so they could take down the substation for repairs but an equipment malfunction caused a power outage.
 
Kootenai Co. Sheriff's deputies are investigating the case.
 
Avista spokesman Dan Colbert says a theft like this is extremely dangerous for thieves, Avista workers and customers.
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