There are many transmission lines that crisscross Connecticut. These are
held up by transmission towers of various constructions. Those most commonly installed
near urban areas are called "Metal Ornamental Towers" (supposedly prettier than
Sometimes adventurous folks climb the towers in order to enjoy the view
and the night air. Most stay away from the wires, and when they get bored, come back down.
Apparently, a man who was forlorn after a recent spat with his
girlfriend, needed some fresh air to clear his head and decided to climb a tower. He
stopped for a 6-pack to help clear his thoughts, went to a tower south of Hartford, next
to I-91, and climbed it. Public Service employees later pieced the story together.
The man sat there 60 feet above the highway, drank his beer and consoled
his bruised ego. After 5 beers, he needed to do what people often need to do after 5
beers. It being such a long hike down, he unzipped and did his business right there off
Electricity is a funny thing. One doesn't need to touch a wire in order
to get shocked. Depending on conditions, 115,000 volt lines, like those supported by the
tower, can shock a person as far away as 6 feet. When the man evidently "emptied the
beers" near the conductor wire, the extremely high voltage arced to his stream (an
excellent conductor of electricity), traveled up to his private parts, and blew him off
The guys at the power company noted a momentary outage on this line and
sent a repair crew to see if there was any damage. When they got to the scene of the
accident, what they found was a very dead man, his fly down, and what was left of his
smoldering privates. A single beer was left on top of the tower.