Suspected power substation copper thief darkens chunk of Eagan

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Does this get filed in "recession stories" or the "Darwin Awards" category? One man was hospitalized with burns, and two others were questioned by police after 7,100 Eagan residents found themselves without power overnight following an explosion at a Dakota Electric substation.

KARE 11 reported that police converged on the Taconite Trail electrical substation at about 12:30 a.m. following reports of an explosion. When they got there, they found the three men and some bolt cutters.

The power company believes the men were trying to steal copper.

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