Vandals Damage Fiber Optic Cable in Ketchikan

If you live in Ketchikan and didn't have utilities Tuesday morning, you can blame vandals.

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by Associated Press

KETCHIKAN- If you live in Ketchikan and didn't have utilities Tuesday morning, you can blame vandals.
   
The public utility interrupted service to repair a section of fiber optic and copper cable damaged by vandals.
   
Ketchikan Public Utilities telecommunications director Ed Cushing says the vandalism happened about a week ago when someone used a pellet gun to shoot three important cables.
   
The cables weren't destroyed but a 4-foot section of cable had to be replaced.
   
Cushing says the delicate glass fibers made it difficult.
   
There are 72 glass fibers thinner than a human hair in the fiber optic cables, and each has to be connected to its mate at the other end of the section.
   
A vandalism complaint has been forwarded to police.