Metal pole conducted electricity from overhead lines carrying 20,000 voltsBy Staff

NEW CANEY, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – A 17-year-old was electrocuted while setting up a business banner that was knocked down by recent storms in Montgomery County.

It happened on May 25 in the 17500 block of FM 1485 in New Caney, Texas.

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The banner was made with a metal pole that conducted electricity from the overhead service lines carrying 20,000 volts, and caused the teen to collapse and stop breathing. Nearby citizens started chest compressions, which were continued by EMS for nearly 20 minutes until a pulse was established.

The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office assisted EMS and he was transported to a nearby hospital. He’s currently in stable, but critical condition.

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Representatives from Entergy explained that such high voltage flowing through the wires creates an electrical field surrounding them, and that physical contact does not need to be made with the wires for an electrical charge to jump to a conductive object.


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