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SAIPAN, CNMI (Marianas Variety, November 28) – A ground-wire connected to a power pole was cut and stolen and this caused an explosion that resulted in a power outage in Saipan’s Chalan Kanoa on Friday night.

According to the Department of Public Safety, the ground-wire connected to the power pole had been dug up and cut from the pole.

Police said the ground wire was copper coated.

Commonwealth Utilities Corp. personnel were called to repair the power lines and the ground-wire.

In a separate incident, Acting DPS spokesman Sgt. Thomas Blas Jr. said the CUC field treatment station 105 at the Airport Road’s football field reported a copperwire theft incident on Friday afternoon.

Three power lines running from the well of the station to the power pole had been cut and stolen.

Blas said the suspects stole about 100 feet of power line from the station.

DPS said the last time that the station was checked and secured by CUC was on Nov. 23 at 8 a.m.

DPS is encouraging anyone with information about these cases to call 664-9045 or 234-7272.

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