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DATE: March 3, 2017 11:21:20 AM PST

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Statement Regarding March 1 Incident in Boyle Heights

Statement updated on March 3, 2017

In response to an incident that occurred on March 1, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power has issued the following statement:

"The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) received a report from LA Fire Department of a private citizen making contact with high voltage electrical equipment owned by the Los Angeles Department of Public Works Bureau of Street Lighting, located near the corner of Boyle Avenue and 6th Street in the early morning hours of Wednesday, March 1. LADWP Electric Trouble Crews responded to the scene. Based on reports received from the scene, this incident appears to be the result of attempted vandalism or copper wire theft and, according to reports, is being investigated by the LA Police Department. Injury or the loss of any life in the manner suspected in this incident is tragic and regrettable. Copper wire theft or vandalism involving light poles or electrical equipment is extremely dangerous."