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Alleged Copper Thief Dies After Being Shocked in Anaheim

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (KTLA) — A man died after allegedly trying to steal copper wires from a hotel near Disneyland on Friday night.

He and another man were shocked when they allegedly attempted the theft, suffering severe burns and touching off an explosion and power outage.

The blast happened around 9 p.m. near a vacant hotel on Katella Avenue.

It caused several other neighborhood hotels and businesses filled with tourists to go dark.

However, power was restored a few hours later.

Anaheim police told KTLA5 News the men caused the explosion when they cut into live wires.

The pair was located behind a locked gate near two electrical panels, and several bolts had been removed from the panels.

One of the suspected thieves was homeless and had been hoping to make a little money off of the copper wires, witnesses said.

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