Shot in the dark: Bullet caused power outage, $100K in damage in Tisdale, Sask.
Tisdale RCMP investigating shot that caused hours-long outage early Sunday
A bullet fired into SaskPower equipment was found to be the culprit of a hours-long power outage south of Tisdale early on Sunday morning, causing $100,000 in damage.
SaskPower spokesperson Jordan Jackle said that crews were called about the outage at 5:30 a.m., with a passerby reporting seeing a sparking pole in the area.
"When our crews got there, they noticed a bit of oil on the ground underneath the power pole," he said. "That was kind of the first moment they realized that the [equipment] had been punctured there."
[SaskPower equipment] left alone doesn't present a danger, but when it is damaged in a way like this, there is a possibility it could explode.- Jordan Jackle, SaskPower
The crews quickly discovered the reason 400 customers in the area no longer had power, as Jackle said "two clear bullet holes" could be seen in two of the voltage regulators.
This kind of damage is rare, Jackle said, but he stressed that any interaction or contact with power lines could pose a risk of serious injury.
He said on its own, SaskPower equipment like the voltage regulators "doesn't present a danger, but when it is damaged in a way like this, there is a possibility it could explode," he said.
"So all of our equipment needs to be treated with respect for that very reason."
SaskPower has informed RCMP about the damage, and Jackle encouraged anyone with information about the shooting to call Tisdale RCMP or CrimeStoppers.
Last Sunday’s outage south of Tisdale was brought to you by a guy with a gun. A bullet was all it took to leave 400 customers in the dark for four hours, and cause $100K of damage. RCMP are investigating, because <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/ItsACrime?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ItsACrime</a>. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/NothingBetterToDoWithYourTime?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#NothingBetterToDoWithYourTime</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SkOutage?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SkOutage</a> <a href="https://t.co/15i0DkeMta">pic.twitter.com/15i0DkeMta</a>—@SaskPower