WATCH: Police investigating after fishing line from high altitude kite strung across a residential Nanaimo neighbourhood. Tess van Straaten reports.
A strange and disturbing discovery was made in a Nanaimo neighbourhood this week.
“It had no start, it had no finish and it just kept on going,” says Bruce Pettapiece, who woke to find a high-tension fishing line strung across his roof but he couldn’t tell where it was coming from.
“Our immediate concern was it was heavy gauge, at least 80 pounds, and we wanted to clear that up in case someone on the sidewalk or a car caught got up in it,” Pettapiece says. “It would have cut somebody pretty bad.”
Pettapiece decided to follow the line, tracking it for a couple of blocks, past about five transmission lines and 20-odd houses.
At the end, was this high-altitude kite with LED flashlights on it.
It’s the second time in a week this is happened and officials say it’s a huge danger.
“It’s just unbelievable that someone would do this in the middle of a city and just abandon the kite knowing its strung across homes, roads, power lines putting public at risk,” says Ted Olynyk of BC Hydro. “I’m not sure why anybody would do this knowing the hazards that it can cause.”
Officials say it could have caused a fire and done some serious damage.
“Anytime you’re dealing with power, it’s called power for a reason because it’s very dangerous and we don’t want anybody to be in any danger,” says Cpl. John Stuart of the Nanaimo RCMP.
Fortunately, no one’s been hurt in the Nanaimo incidents but here have been a total of five in the last six months and police are becoming increasingly concerned.
Police initially thought a drone was responsible for the last incident, which left more than three kilometres of fishing line.
In the case and this one, it took hydro crews several hours to remove the line.
“If we find out who did this we will take action to recover costs for the time it takes our crews to come and deal with this,” Olynyk. “It’s not something rate payers should have to deal with.”
For everyone’s sake, Bruce Pettapiece just hopes it doesn’t happen again.
“At the end of the day it’s a lot of dangerous material to have flying through the air.”