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Teen climbs power pole to take pictures, hits wire, gets badly burned

TAMPA — As a pee-wee football team and its cheerleaders practiced on a Northdale playground Thursday night, they heard a bang, and looked up and saw someone falling from a nearby power pole.

Hillsborough Fire Rescue Chief Dan Patterson said a 16-year-old boy had been climbing the pole, touched the high voltage lines and tumbled about 35 feet to the ground. The youth had been taking pictures at the time. Witnesses said his camera contained photos of the power lines.

The victim was taken by helicopter to Tampa General Hospital with injuries from the fall and burns over more than half of his body, Patterson said.

The incident occurred at a playground in the 5300 block of Carrolwood's Northdale Boulevard.

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Teen climbs power pole to take pictures, hits wire, gets badly burned 10/01/09 [Last modified: Friday, October 2, 2009 3:30pm]
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