SEATTLE (May 3, 2013)--Seattle police were trying to determine Friday why a man climbed a 200-foot electrical tower where he evidently electrocuted himself on a 120,000-volt line.
Witnesses reported that they saw a flash of crackling sparks and the man falling just before 1 a.m. Friday.
The man landed on a platform at about the 150-foot level where his body was recovered by a fire department technical team after Seattle City Light turned off the electricity.
City Light spokesman Peter Clarke says the man could have climbed up the metal lattice of a tower leg and the utility will be reviewing that to make it less easy.
Firefighters found a cap and a cellphone next to the body but nothing to indicate why he climbed the tower early Friday, said department spokesman Kyle Moore.