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Downed Power Lines Leave Tullytown Woman’s Fence Sparking From Electric Currents

By Dan Wing

TULLYTOWN, Pa., (CBS) — While most people were waiting for the power to come back on Wednesday, one homeowner in Lower Bucks County couldn’t wait for her power to be turned off.

Power lines were brought down by a tree in her backyard, leaving her chain link fence sparking from electric currents.

Marlene Appleton says it was around 9 a.m., when power lines came down behind her Tullytown home.

“I didn’t hear anything, I just saw a fire shoot across the wires,” she said.

And that’s when Appleton says things got interesting.

“All day the tree was smoldering, and then all of a sudden you would see some flames,” she said.

Appleton says her fence then began shooting sparks, and smoking as it was now conducting electricity.

“I called Tullytown and they came out and reassured me that they’re keeping an eye on it, and they have been. They’ve been great,” she said.

Fire crews were posted out front just in case, but said they couldn’t really do anything until PECO cut the power.

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