SAN BERNARDINO (CBS) — A would-be copper thief was
gravely injured early Saturday morning when he attempted to steal copper
wiring from a live Edison vault, according to authorities.
Witnesses told CBS2 and KCAL9 reporter Melissa Maynarich that the man could be heard screaming in agony.
Jeff Grammatico was across the street from the substation when he
said, “I heard a boom.” He added, “It made me jump from one side of the
room to the other.”
He ran to the fence and saw a man burning alive. “It was scary. I was
trying to cut the gate to get in. It was horrifying to watch him burn.”
Grammatico says he ran back to his home to get a fire extinguisher
while another passerby called 911. “He kept standing and screaming,
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