Trampoline goes airborne, electric cooperative photo goes viral

Basin Electric: Live Wire

Though not common, flying trampolines aren’t unheard of to employees of West River Electric Association, based in Wall, SD.

For everyone else, however, the sight of a trampoline draped atop a 35-foot-tall distribution pole is a unique sight.

Wind gusts of more than 70 miles per hour Oct. 18 lifted a trampoline into the sky and draped it over a distribution line and pole near Box Elder, SD, within West River Electric’s service area. Area residents reported the mid-morning power outage and linemen quickly arrived on scene to make repairs.

After ensuring the line was dead, West River Electric Lineman Tyson Gunn was lifted into the air by the bucket truck to remove the mangled trampoline. It was the first airborne trampoline incident Gunn has witnessed at the cooperative, though he heard of other instances in the past.

“It wasn’t too surprising, I guess, as hard as the…

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