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Florida man climbs light pole, touches live wire, falls 50 feet

A rescue crew happened to be working a nearby crash and saw the man fall. Gonzalez says the incident was “pretty graphic.”
The man was taken to a hospital where he's being treated. WPLG reported he suffered burns on 60% of his body, plus entrance and exit wounds from the electric shock. [SARAH BLAKE MORGAN  |  AP]
The man was taken to a hospital where he's being treated. WPLG reported he suffered burns on 60% of his body, plus entrance and exit wounds from the electric shock. [SARAH BLAKE MORGAN | AP]
Published Sep. 25, 2019

LAUDERHILL, Fla. — Police say a Florida man climbed a light pole and made contact with a live wire before falling onto a sidewalk below as horrified bystanders watched.

Lauderhill Fire Rescue Capt. Jerry Gonzalez tells the South Florida SunSentinel the man was on fire as he fell on Tuesday afternoon. He fell some 50 feet (15 meters).

A rescue crew happened to be working a nearby crash and saw the man fall. Gonzalez says the incident was "pretty graphic."

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The man was taken to a hospital where he's being treated. WPLG reported he suffered burns on 60% of his body, plus entrance and exit wounds from the electric shock.

Florida Power & Light officials tell WSVN the man wasn’t a utility worker.

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