Humans spend 4 hours on top of NC power towers; Thousands of people lost power due to rescue efforts

CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) – Police say up to 20,000 people in south Charlotte, North Carolina, have no power Sunday in an attempt to save a man’s life.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department officials said a man climbed 85 feet to the top of a powered electrical tower. It took negotiators nearly four hours to bring him down to safety.

Major Brian Foley of the CMPD said the man appeared to have been in a severe phase of drug or alcohol abuse.

“That tower is powered by six lines, each transmitting about 115,000 volts,” says Foley. “I don’t know what your faith is, but I think God was watching over him today.”

During the event, Duke Energy de-energized the tower, causing widespread power outages.

“This is about saving someone’s life. I know some people were upset about their power being cut, but really this is about trying to protect an individual and keep them from dying,” said Foley.

Police said negotiations on the ground were even tougher for bystanders. Foley said people were joking on social media, going so far as to bet on whether the man would fall. One person flew a drone close to the man on the tower, creating an unbelievable risk.

Police said the person has been detained and will be charged.

“That made me sick. This is about trying to save a life, and when people see it as pure entertainment, it’s a sad reality for our society,” Foley said.

Once the man climbed down the tower to safety, he was taken to an area hospital for medical and psychiatric treatment.

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Emma Bowman

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