Mar 21,2008 00:00
PRINEVILLE, Ore. -- The Bonneville Power Administration is investigating and offering a reward for information in connection with an incident that occurred in Central Oregon. Late last month, BPA officials discovered insulators damaged by firearms along a 230-kilovolt power line near Prineville. Insulators are a critical part of the high-voltage transmission system because they ensure that electricity stays in the power lines and does not enter steel lattice towers or poles along which the insulators are strung.
Because of this potential danger, Fouse said it's important that hunters and others using firearms in the vicinity of high-voltage power lines remember to always use caution when shooting.
Information leading to the arrest and conviction of someone who purposefully shot the insulators could lead to a reward. Under its Crime Witness program, BPA provides rewards up to $25,000. Anyone who has information about this incident should call BPA's Crime Witness hotline at (800) 437-2744.