APUA voices concern over dangerous practice involving minors
The Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA) has raised the alarm over what it describes as “a serious matter”: the removal of electrical material from live powerlines, allegedly done by minors.
In a statement issued Thursday, APUA reported that there has been a sighting of removed cross-arm braces from poles that suspend live powerlines transmitting eleven thousand volts of electricity in the St. Phillips and Newfield areas.
It said the discovery was made when a technician visited the areas and noticed planks of wood mounted to the poles and the missing electrical material. It is suspected that the planks of wood were used to climb the pole and remove the apparatus.
“It is alleged that the metal devices are being used to extend and alter the design of bikes. The Authority would like to appeal to parents, guardians or any other members of the public to dissuade minors or any other unauthorized person from interfering with the infrastructure of the Authority as these activities can result in major injury or possibly electrocution,” according to the statement.
The APUA statement says it continues to encourage all to be safe in every way possible in an effort to protect lives.