Man Dies In Fiery Fall From 200-Foot Electrical Tower

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.

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