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Would-be Copper Thief Causes Local Blackout

Posted May 20, 2007 11:47 p.m. EDT

— An attempted copper theft tripped safety systems at a Progress Energy substation Sunday night and caused a brief power outage in the New Bern Avenue area of Raleigh, the utility said.

Officials said the Milburnie substation locked out circuits when someone attempted the theft. The outage left 7,621 customers without power for a little over an hour, Progress Energy reported.

No arrests had been made in the attempted theft.