96-gallon trash can hangs in power lines after heavy winds

ST. GEORGE — A powerful gust of wind lifted a 40-pound 96-gallon garbage can Monday afternoon and hurled it some 30 feet in the air where it became stuck in the power lines of a St. George neighborhood.

A powerful gust of wind lifted a 40-pound 96-gallon garbage can and hurled it some 30 feet in the air where it became stuck in the overhead power lines, St. George, Utah, June 13, 2016 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News
A powerful gust of wind lifted a 40-pound 96-gallon garbage can and hurled it some 30 feet in the air where it became stuck in the overhead power lines, St. George, Utah, June 13, 2016 | Photo by Kimberly Scott, St. George News

Just before 4 p.m., fire crews responded to the area of 121 S. 2000 East on a report of a garbage can hanging in the overhead electric transmission lines, St. George Fire Captain Dan Cazier said.

“My husband and I were driving up the hill and I looked at him and I’m like, ‘that’s our trash can,’” said Jaolene Taylor, the garbage can’s owner.

Residents of the neighborhood reportedly saw the garbage can flying through the air prior to becoming stuck.

“It was reported that a gust of wind picked the garbage can up higher than the power lines,” Cazier said, “and then (the garbage can) fell down through and got caught up in the lines.”

Wind gusts of 22 mph were reported by the National Weather Service Monday afternoon in St. George.

The weather service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook Monday morning for gusty winds in parts of Washington County.

A powerful gust of wind lifted a 40-pound 96-gallon garbage can and hurled it some 30 feet in the air where it became stuck in the overhead power lines, St. George, Utah, June 13, 2016 | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News
A powerful gust of wind lifted a 40-pound 96-gallon garbage can and hurled it some 30 feet in the air where it became stuck in the overhead power lines, St. George, Utah, June 13, 2016 | Photo by Sheldon Demke, St. George News

The flying garbage can didn’t cause any reported injuries, Cazier said, adding that the only potential danger would be from a power outage that could ensue from the garbage can blowing a transformer.

However, the power department responded and workers were able to remove the garbage can from the lines by 5:30 p.m. without power being disrupted in the surrounding homes.

On June 14, 2015, nearly a year ago to the day, the wind blew a canopy tent onto a power line transformer, again, on the 100 South block of 2000 East.

Last year’s incident resulted in a blown electrical transformer which left a large part of eastern St. George without power for several hours.

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4 Comments

  • Real Life June 13, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Dumpster! Are you okay?

  • .... June 14, 2016 at 6:46 am

    Hey RealLowlife better get down from there before you hurt yourself. !

  • .... June 15, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I’m doing fine RealLowlife I’m down here with everybody else seeing if you fall or not. ..but it was nice of you to ask. ….nice try stupid !

    • Real Life June 15, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Two days to come up with that?

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