Over 12,000 people lost power Sunday when vandals broke into an electrical substation, a risk one Nova Scotia Power spokesperson says is “not worth taking.”
Around 11 p.m. Sunday, Neera Ritcey said staff in the control centre noticed some “voltage fluctuation” in the Spryfield area and turned the power off while workers inspected the station on Denith Road in Halifax.
She said the discovered there had been trespassers in the station, and some of the wiring running from overhead equipment to the ground was cut and missing.
“Every such act is very serious, particularly from a safety point of view,” Ritcey said in an interview Monday.
Crews worked to fix the damage quickly and Ritcey said by midnight about 5,000 people had power restored, the rest following within a half hour.
These types of incidents are dangerous not only for the thieves, but the workers as well because cutting the wires affects their grounding, Ritcey said.
Ritcey said the police are now handling the case. She could not say exactly how much copper wiring was stolen or how expensive the damage was.
“It’s an unnecessary expense that customers have to bear, and so it really isn’t something anyone should be involved in,” Ritcey said.
“Anybody should understand it’s not worth taking the risk because there can be a very significant cost in terms of safety to an individual and … the general public.”