Vandals Cause Chaos As Arizona Goes Internet-Free for 15 Hours
From Phoenix to Flagstaff, residents couldn’t get cash from the ATM, 911 systems were disrupted and credit card purchases couldn’t be processed because a cut fiber-optic internet cable buried in the desert disabled internet service for hours.
Phoenix police spokesman Officer James Holmes told AP the cable cutting vandals were probably looking for cooper wire after probably using power tools to cut the cable. Copper wire fetches high prices as scrap, though the vandals didn’t find any.
“Your average house saw and wire cutters wouldn’t do it,” Holmes told the news outlet. He said the damage was estimated at $6,000. Holmes said any charges resulting would not be limited to just vandalism.