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Coroner: Man Electrocuted Trying to Take Copper

4:00 PM, Mar 18, 2013   |    comments
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Richland County, SC (WLTX) - The Richland County Coroner says a man was electrocuted on the grounds of the old State Hospital, apparently while trying to take copper.

Gary Watts says 39-year-old Anthony Williams of Martin Drive in Columbia died Sunday.

A tourist taking photos of the property, which is located off Bull Street, found Williams's body.

According to Watts, Williams was hanging by a harness strapped to the frame holding electrical transformers 20 feet in the air. Watts says it appears he was trying to take copper from the transformers.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating.

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