Florida man shocked while attempting parkour on power pole

Victim was training for parkour

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A man was shocked by more than 7,000 volts of electricity after he scaled a building and attempted to walk on a Florida Power and Light power pole in downtown West Palm Beach.

Police said the unidentified man, along with two other people, arrived in downtown West Palm Beach with intentions to train for parkour, which includes running, climbing and jumping. 

Police said the three subjects climbed a metal pipe at the rear of a building on the 300 block of Clematis St. and gained access to the roof. The subjects then walked along the rooftop to 100 S. Dixie Highway.

The victim attempted to walk on an FPL power pole from 100 S. Dixie Hwy. to 120 S. Dixie Hwy.

During his attempt, he touched a live FPL wire and immediately received 7,620 volts of electricity throughout his body.

The subjects accompanying him told police there was "an explosion and a white light."

The two subjects climbed down off the building and found the victim in an alley. He was breathing but unresponsive.

There is no word yet on his condition.

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