March 8, 2009

Man survives explosion, fall from tower

A possibly inebriated Georgia man dangled upside down 35 feet off the ground from a high-voltage tower, saved only by his pants leg until rescued, police say.

The man's harrowing escapade occurred Saturday before dawn when he climbed the tower, sparking what neighbors described as an explosion and flash fire, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday.

Please, I'm begging you for my life, the man could be heard yelling on video aired by the Fox News affiliate in Atlanta.

The unidentified 21-year-old Duluth man was 35 feet up in the air when his pants snagged and left him dangling, conscious, for about 2 1/2 hours while Georgia Power officials shut off the electricity and firefighters rigged ropes and a harness to lower him to the ground.

No charges had been filed against the man, who was hospitalized with cuts and burns at a hospital in nearby Atlanta.