Man shocked by U of M-area utility pole was in flames, had blood running from mouth

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Fox 9's Greg Kellogg reports that this photo is of the clothing McKinney was wearing when he was shocked.
:::: UPDATE :::: McKinney is an employee at Vertical Endeavors, according to his public Facebook page. His mother told the Star Tribune it appears he'll survive his injuries.

Around 1:30 this morning, Plymouth native Steven McKinney, 24, attempted to climb a utility pole at the intersection of 14th Avenue and 7th Street near the U of M campus. He paid dearly for that decision.

According to a witness, after being electrocuted, McKinney ended up on the ground in flames with blood running from his mouth.

That's the description of the aftermath given to the Star Tribune by Kaylin Graff, a neighborhood resident who told the paper she was chit-chatting with McKinney and his friend as they walked down her street just before the incident.

Graff said one of the two asked her, "Have you heard of Peter Pan?"

The Strib report details what happened from there:
About five minutes later, "I heard a huge explosion with these little subsequent explosions," Graff added.

"His friend was yelling at me to get water, and I was yelling out the window, 'Are you all right?'"

Graff went outside and "saw a ball of fire, which I though was something else, but it was an actual body. Both his arms were burnt up. The shirt was burnt off his body. He was bleeding from the mouth. I didn't even really wanna look at him."
Fox reports that power in the area was knocked out, but has already been fully restored. McKinney, an "experienced climber," is at HCMC in critical condition, according to the Strib.

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hooligan2
hooligan2

Stick to climbing the natural stuff, what the hell, power lines!
 It's really horrible to hear this. Wonder if he was high as so many of the young climbers are. Sad.

JMaki Maki
JMaki Maki

Humans and they're natural obsession over accidents makes me go a big rubbery one.

Nicholas Lowder
Nicholas Lowder

there's a reason the tarot card of the fool trumps all the others, fools don't give a fuck because they realize it doesn't really matter in the long term scheme of things, despite the temptation to flatter one's ego with an objective mindset, leave that for the simple minded folk to regurgitate their obedient allegiance to uncle yaldy.

Carrie Lynn Lemon-Blossom
Carrie Lynn Lemon-Blossom

I wouldnt expect a power pole to do this unless the man climbed all the way to the top and touched the live wire. People staple signs and other things to power poles all the time.

Mike Underhill
Mike Underhill

Better to burn out than fade away. We all take risks crossing the street, even. Hope your friend is OK, Liam. People are calloused, this is tragic whether what he was doing was a good idea or not.

swgh44
swgh44

I am so disappointed to read these comments. I will do my best to spread the word to his friends and family to stay clear of the comments on this article. There is no need to reiterate the fact that he made a poor decision; I don't think anyone, Steve included, would dispute that. Please stop with all of the name-calling. He has a degree in chemistry and has always been a kind-hearted, caring, intelligent guy. He made an error in judgement that almost cost him his life. I'm embarrassed for those of you who are finding humor in the pain of Steve, his family, and friends. It reflects poorly on your character.

Brian McClellan
Brian McClellan

e·lec·tro·cute (-lktr-kyt) tr.v. e·lec·tro·cut·ed, e·lec·tro·cut·ing, e·lec·tro·cutes 1. To kill with electricity: a worker who was electrocuted by a high-tension wire. 2. To execute (a condemned prisoner) by means of electricity. http://www.tfd.com/electrocuted Just because current usage of a word has morphed the definition in some people's minds doesn't mean the origins of the word weren't about death.

truckmeyer
truckmeyer

This Kaylin Graff person. Would she be a cute female type?I ask only because this sounds like a typical stunt some desperate chump would attempt in order to impress the ladies.

Just sayin'.

mplsroadrash
mplsroadrash

Here is how a future conversation might sound...Future friend: Hey Steven what happened to your arms dude ? Steven: When i was 24 and drunk one night i climbed a utility pole and was electrocuted, caught my shirt on fire and feel to the ground while my best friend Liam was inside drinking and playing XBOX..Future friend: Wow you're an IDIOT peter pan !! 

Stuart Allen
Stuart Allen

Climbing a light pole really was he a college educated student?I'm just wondering since it happened near the U and his age

Melissa Servais
Melissa Servais

e·lec·tro·cute iˈlektrəˌkyo͞ot/ verb past tense: electrocuted;past participle: electrocuted 1. injure or kill someone by electric shock.

chaos1870
chaos1870

old mcdonald had a friend  ee i ee i o. and then one day that stupid friend climbed a pole. dumb de dumb de dumb. and with a pop pop there and a bang bang there. there a flame here a flame every where a flame flame. now whats old mcdonald gonna do? dumb de dumb de dumb.

Tammy Gregerson
Tammy Gregerson

Sorry this happened and prayers for him. Not sure what outcome he expected though from climbing a utility pole with live electricity attached. He asked the neighbor "If she believed in Peter Pan,..... this tells me he was not in the right frame of mind. Sad all around.

chaos1870
chaos1870

lmao what a fucking retard. this couldn't have happened to a stupider person... what 24 year old dumb shit wakes up one morning decides to be peterpan. (which is mostly played by a girl) then decided to climb a utility pole for w/e stupid reason.. then what? was he gonna do the world a fav and jump off it  thinking he can fly? i'm glad this happened. i only feel bad for the poor people who lost their power cuz of this moron. i hope it was a shocking experience for him...  and old mcdonald were you the stupid shit with him when he decided to do this? 

Keith Morioka
Keith Morioka

I don't pray, as I am an atheist. But I do sincerely hope that he will be okay. I really do. He is in my thoughts. And my thoughts are also with you, be strong for your friend.

Liam McDonald
Liam McDonald

The point is he's a person and needs prayers not bashing.im signing off.I hope you can love him as your fellow man in need

mplsroadrash
mplsroadrash

Darwinism at its finest. What a fucking dummy. Who climbs a utility pole ? @ Liam..if you were there and didn't stop him your an idiot too. 

Keith Morioka
Keith Morioka

Saying that poor decisions were made by him and the friend are not mean. It is an opinion, and by the result, I would say it's actually fact. I am not calling him an idiot, I am not calling anyone names. But I am saying it was a poor decision, and well, if that's mean, that's your opinion, and your problem to deal with. I'm sorry that your friend is going through this, I really am. I have made poor decisions in my life, but never anything as dangerous as this was. He has to take personal responsibility for the actions that he took. It is a tragic situation, and I hope that he comes out of this okay. But lesson learned, and hopefully, he can teach others of his mistake, because just glossing over his bad decision, and not discussing it, doesn't help anyone, and doesn't help other from making the same mistake that your friend did.

Andrew Wong
Andrew Wong

This must have been in some deleted scenes of Hook or something.

Keith Morioka
Keith Morioka

I don't see how my comment was mean. Unless, you were the friend that was there and didn't stop him...

Liam McDonald
Liam McDonald

Cool,thanks for your opinion.and fuck the internet.nobody cares about all your mean comments.sven is the nicest people I ever met.

Keith Morioka
Keith Morioka

I'm sorry that this is happening to your best friend Liam... but like Kelly said, it was a very poor decision. The friend who was with him should have stopped him from doing this also... Not a very good friend if he didn't stop him from doing something that is very dangerous...

Allisen Waage
Allisen Waage

Actually Electrocuted is the word for dying from electric shock. That's why it says shocked, not electrocuted.

Melissa Servais
Melissa Servais

I'm pretty sure being electrocuted includes being injured, not just being killed.

Kelly McNutt
Kelly McNutt

It's horrible and sad about your friend, Liam, and it's heartbreaking. I agree, many of the comments are insensitive, but it doesn't change the fact that it was indeed a poor decision to climb the pole in the first place, if that is in fact what he did. Best wishes to him and his family.

Angela Robinson
Angela Robinson

Calling his choices stupid is like saying, "child molesters are disgusting", No Shit. What else do you have to say?

Liam McDonald
Liam McDonald

Fuck you .this is a good person your talking about .be a little more sensitive you fucking cunt

Brian McClellan
Brian McClellan

If this guy is alive at HCMC in critical condition then he was not electrocuted as it states in the article, since by definition you are KILLED by electricity when you are electrocuted.

Willie Dufour
Willie Dufour

Oh me being an asshole is an obvious truth. No doubt about that! Ask around pretty much my calling card. Still doesn't change the fact that a horrible lapse in judgement brings to forefront the issue of rampant stupidity amidst the pith of our nation.

Kat Coats
Kat Coats

and your best friend was being very very stupid. FACT

Shawn Cross
Shawn Cross

I mean this is horrible, but at 24 and obviously educated, better choices should have been made.

Melissa Servais
Melissa Servais

"Have you heard of Peter Pan?" "Have YOU heard of electricity?!"

IH8T_Cumb_Dunts
IH8T_Cumb_Dunts

@mplsroadrash 

And I wonder how many gallons of liquor he drank before he thought it would be a good idea to clime a utility pole.

Tanker10
Tanker10

Good people do make some Dumb choices at some point in there life .

IH8T_Cumb_Dunts
IH8T_Cumb_Dunts

@Liam McDonald 

Your friend is a fucktard and when he fell, too bad he didn't land on you. Also, your mother has a fat cunt.

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