Officials in Weber County, UT are reporting a growing trend in teens setting up hammocks under high-voltage power lines on towers to soak in the views of the Wasatch mountains.
The Weber County Sheriff’s Office posted the picture below of two teens scaling a power line tower with the following message:
“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.”
The Facebook post prompted local news outlet KSL News to dive deeper into the ‘problem’ and interview a local girl who admits to have done the deed herself.
I don’t know if my opinion matters in this subject, so I’ll leave you with just one thought. Kids are gonna be kids, and kids are inherently stupid. I’m glad that the authorities are taking steps to deter kids from literally risking their lives for the perfect hammock Instagram shot, but these kids shouldn’t be cancelled or ridiculed online.
Think about all the dumb shit you did as a kid. I know I’d look like a real idiot if there was footage of me and my friends shooting arrows straight into the sky in the middle of the night…