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BASE Jumpers Knock Out Power to Hundreds

Police seek parachutists who caused Suffolk outage



    BASE Jumpers Knock Out Power to Hundreds
    Bo Tornvig
    Watch out for those power lines!

    SUFFOLK, Va. -- A parachuting stunt that went awry knocked out electricity to several hundred homes and businesses in Suffolk.

    Someone saw three people jump with parachutes from a 1,000-foot-tall TV tower at about 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, city spokeswoman Debbie George told the Daily Press.

    One person is believed to have hit a power line as the trio descended, creating a fault that burned down two wires and knocked out power to 478 customers, Virginia Dominion Power spokesman Chuck Penn said.

    The parachutists then fled in a white Chevy Suburban SUV, George said. It's unclear if anyone was injured, but two or the parachutists were seen loading a third into the vehicle, the Daily Press reported.

    Suffolk police are searching for the parachutists, who Penn said are "very fortunate" to be alive.

    By 10:30 a.m. power had been restored to all customers except WVEC-TV, whose tower the BASE jumpers jumped from, according to Dominion.