(Mirror Daily, United States) – Nowadays, with a few exceptions that stand out, we were shown over and over again that third parties would rather risk public safety than invest time and resources in dealing with a mess they’ve caused. And the US uniformed services aren’t an exception, as the US Coast Guard would rather not dispose of dangerous cables.
Last summer, one of the most paranoia-inducing accidents in recent history took place, as a Rhode Island beachgoer was thrown against a rock jetty and fractured two ribs, after a buried cable exploded.
Salty Brine Beach in Rhode Island is the place where the accident took place, as the unsuspecting beachgoer was thrown 10 feet by an explosion caused by a corroded Coast Guard cable.
Following the discovery of the source of the July 11 explosion, a nation-wide paranoia began to spread, as concern about potential safety hazard posed by other similar cables started rising.
Despite the 48 sites of Coast Guard lights being converted to solar power, the cables remain buried throughout 12 states. The fact that they remain in the Coast Guard’s database is an implication of the fact they haven’t actually been taken care of, as is the Coast Guard’s refusal to comment on the subject.
Of the 48 potential death traps, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Virginia each have one, Minnesota has two, Ohio and Indiana have three each, Illinois has five, Wisconsin eight, and a whopping 21 of them are in Michigan.
Multiple environmental groups are trying to think about what to do next, with some of them even referring questions to the Coast Guard.
The Coast Guard, meanwhile, claims that it’s unlikely for another explosion to happen again, as the factors leading to the first explosion were quite specific; however, there are other cables buried under similar circumstances.
When asked about what they plan to do regarding the potentially exploding buried power cables, the Coast Guard replied that they are following construction and utility procedure by leaving the cables buried, and that not even the inspection of the cables is required by the standing policies.
Additionally, they are waiting for a full report of the findings in Rhode Island, which may take quite a long while, before deciding how to proceed.
Whether deciding to deal with the oldest cables first, as the one that caused the initial explosion was buried in the ‘50s, or simply to put up signs warning people away, the Coast Guard should at least attempt to do something to prevent the next explosion, instead of waiting around for the public backlash to pass due to the costs of doing something being too high.
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