Powered parachute crash sparks grass fire, knocks out power in Ogden
OGDEN — A man walked away unharmed after his powered parachute crashed during takeoff Wednesday.
The accident, however, sparked a small grass fire and widespread power outages when the chute became tangled in a power line.
The man attempted to take off from Mount Ogden Park but crashed into power lines, lighting a small grass fire above the seventh hole of Mount Ogden Golf Course about 4 p.m., the Ogden Fire Department reported.
The pilot was unharmed, and two other powered parachute pilots who were also taking off landed safely.
The fire was quickly extinguished.
Rocky Mountain Power reported more than 8,700 customers in Ogden, South Ogden and Uintah were in the dark after the accident. The power company reported all power was restored about 5:30 p.m.
Weber State University was briefly caught in the blackout.
The Utah Transit Authority also reported the outage caused significant delays for buses traveling near the university and in South Ogden.
— McKenzie Romero
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