Photo: Chilean Man Trying to Do Acrobatics on Power Line is Electrocuted, Killed
A Chilean man died after he attempted to perform acrobatic stunts on power lines earlier this week.
Identified only as Miguel, the man was reportedly on drugs when he climbed an electrical pylon on Tuesday in the capital city of Santiago.
Witnesses watched in horror as the man scaled the structure at around 4 p.m.. Firefighters tried to coax him down for more than half an hour and even placed an airbag on the ground below him in case he fell.
While up on the pylon, Miguel began swinging on the beams and barely remained balanced. The growing crowd below watched as the swinging man’s legs hit one of the cables and he was electrocuted and died instantly.
His contact with the wire also caused an explosion which set fire to two nearby houses.
His neighbors told police they had never seen him attempt stunts like this before, and say it was definitely a result of the drugs he had taken.
A witness caught the man’s horrific death on video.
CAUTION: Video contains graphic footage (death).