Police did not specify the location of the cannabis farm or how it was linked to the blackout.
Residents of Blackpool, U.K. were hit with a sudden power outage on Monday morning after it is alleged a nearby illicit cannabis grow caused almost 200 homes to go dark, according to a report from Metro U.K.
Police did not specify the size of the cannabis farm, its exact location or exactly what sparked the blackout.
According to Metro U.K., a spokesperson for the local electricity provider linked the power outage to an “unexpected” issue with an underground cable. After almost seven hours without power, it was restored at about 5 pm.
Some local residents were confused about how how the cannabis farm and power outage are linked. “How has a cannabis farm in a house caused a fault in the street?” one commenter asked. Blackpool Police have not yet provided more details on Twitter.
In previous incidents, police have noted that bypassing electricity can create hazards on and off the property, including fire risk, mould exposure and even structural issues.
Information from the Brantford Police Service in Ontario notes that “the marijuana cultivator will usually smash through the foundation of a home and tap into the hydro before it enters the hydro meter. This results in structural damage to a residence and a possible electrocution hazard to those living around the affected residence.”
And a fact sheet from B.C. Hydro states illegal grow-ops have been associated with greater potential for power surges and fires because bypassing “creates situations where more power flows through the lines than is expected.”
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