Utah Teens Warned Against "Power-Hammocking" Setting Up Hammocks Below High-Voltage Power Lines

Utah Teens Warned Against "Power-Hammocking" Setting Up Hammocks Below High-Voltage Power Lines

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Utah Teens Warned Against "Power-Hammocking" Setting Up Hammocks Below High-Voltage Power Lines

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The Weber County Sheriff’s Office in Utah  is aware of a picture circulating on social media of teens engaging in a dangerous trend known as “power-hammocking” and has issued a warning that it’s not only extremely risky, but also illegal and anyone caught will be cited for trespassing. The picture shows two people climbing the powerlines. One is especially high, near lines that carry about 75-thousand kilovolts of power. KSL reports North Ogden City is trying to give teens a safer option. On the west end of Oaklawn Park, a hammocking area was installed just under a year ago with the help of poles  donated by Rocky Mountain Power. The Weber County Sherriff’s office says they will have extra patrols around the power lines here in the benches around North Ogden and Pleasant View.

EXTREME HIGH VOLTAGE

Over the past few years we have noticed an increase in people hammocking from the power lines on the bench of North Ogden and Pleasant View. As you can see in the picture below the hammockers are climbing up the tower and sometimes between power lines. These lines carry 75,000 kilovolts and that power can jump from the lines. This activity is extremely risky. Rocky Mountain Power and the Sheriff’s Office will be conducting extra patrols of the area and anyone caught on the towers will be cited for trespassing. We would really hate to see someone injured from either a fall or electrocution. Parents, please pass this along to your children.

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