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Man apparently electrocuted while trying to steal copper wire

Image: Map shows approximate location of where a man was electrocuted to death in Huntington Beach. Source: Google Maps
A man was found electrocuted outside a Huntington Beach business Wednesday night after he apparently tried to steal copper wire from the building’s circuit breaker, police said.

About 9:10 p.m., Southern California Edison employees located a circuit breaker that had been tripped in the 7400 block of Center Avenue, causing a small power outage, police Lt. Russell Reinhart said. A man's body was found beside the circuit breaker.

“It appears the man was trying to steal copper wire from the business and electrocuted himself, and that’s what caused his death,” Reinhart said.

The man has not been identified and his age has not been released. Power has been restored to the area, Reinhart told OC Now.

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Image: Map shows approximate location of where a man was fatally electrocuted in Huntington Beach. Source: Google Maps

 
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