A man hung in the void 10 meters above the ground to do sit-ups near Chengdu. The local electricity company had to cut the power. The “gymnast” was arrested.
A man perched on a power pole doing sit-ups caused a massive power cut in China that left thousands of homes dark, state media reported on Tuesday. The unusual scene took place Sunday evening in the southwest of the country in Chengdu, a huge metropolis of some 16.5 million inhabitants, according to the People’s Daily.
The man, whose name has not been released, miraculously escaped unharmed and was arrested by police. His motives were not known. The incident was immortalized on video and the scene broadcast on social media. It shows a man on his back, suspended in the void about 10 meters above the ground. With his feet clinging to the electric pole, he multiplies the pelvic straightening by force of the abdominals. The local press warned against any temptation to reproduce such “dangerous behavior”.
The buzz on Weibo
For safety reasons, the local electricity company had to cut the power and tens of thousands of homes suffered the consequences, the People’s Daily said. The subject was widely discussed Tuesday on the social network Weibo – equivalent in China of Twitter where the American platform is banned – and totaled more than 1.7 million views.
“Without electricity, I was really bothered […] and when I learned the reason for the cut I was both puzzled and amused, ”commented one internet user. “Power cuts can waste a lot of money and lead to a fatal accident,” reacted another, criticizing an act in bad taste.
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