Someone took a hot bath

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Someone took a hot bath

Post by UHF » Tue Apr 27, 2010 1:58 pm

When the transmitter for Hearst Television's KMBC-9-ABC in Kansas City (Market #31) suddenly shut down Sunday night, engineers were dispatched to find out what happened.

Cops arrived first and found a large section of 2-inch copper conduit cut away from the side of the transmitter building and green coolant everywhere.

The tubing circulated liquid around two $40,000 transmitter tubes. A gauge detected the sudden loss in pressure and shut down the transmitter. Whether it happened in time to save the tubes is a question that KMBC-KCWE Director of Engineering Jerry Agresti said won't be known until today. The damage could reach $100,000.

Either the robbers knew exactly what they were doing or were incredibly brazen. “They could've gotten scalded by the hot fluid, and there’s extremely high-voltage equipment there,” said Agresti. “If they'd touched the wrong wire, they'd be found dead.”

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Post by NECRAT » Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:30 pm

Do you have a link to this article?
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Post by Deep Thought » Tue Apr 27, 2010 3:36 pm

Mark Mueller • Mueller Broadcast Design • La Grange, IL • http://www.muellerbroadcastdesign.com

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Re: Someone took a hot bath

Post by UHF » Tue Apr 27, 2010 4:28 pm

Thanks, Deep Thought. I didn't have a link to the article, just the text that one of the local SBE members emailed out.

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Post by NECRAT » Tue Apr 27, 2010 10:17 pm

Thanks,

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