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Downed Power Line Electrocutes Michigan Teen

By: associated press
By: associated press


OAKFIELD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - A teenage boy has died after running into a downed power line while going to help neighbors as a storm swept western Michigan.
Police say Christopher O'Neill was electrocuted about 11 p.m. Thursday.
Family members heard a "pop" and saw a flash when the power line fell and believed their neighbors' home might have caught
fire.
Christopher, who was about 16, rushed to alert the neighbors, a family that included several young children. With electricity out in the area, he couldn't see clearly and ran into the waist-high
line.
In the same county, Kent, a lightning strike set fire to a home, and heavy rain in the region flooded some roads. Consumers Energy Co. reports some 36,500 customers were without power statewide.


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