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Thousands in Colorado without heat after vandals attack gas system


#Thousands of residents in #Aspen, #Colorado were left without heat during near-zero degree weather after vandals — possibly green activists from an environmental group — attacked the city’s gas system, authorities said #Monday.

The vandals apparently attacked three separate #Black #Hills #Energy gas lines, one in #Aspen and two in #Pitkin #County, leaving around 3,500 residents shivering in their homes #Saturday night, The #Aspen #Times reported.

The #Aspen #Police #Department said the words “Earth first!” were written on one pipe near #Aspen. #It’s unclear if the environmental group “Earth #First!” was behind the vandalism.

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#Aspen assistant police chief #Bill #Linn believes the vandals would have to be familiar with the gas system to pull off the scheme.

“They tampered with flow lines,” #Linn said. “They turned off gas lines.”

#Police scrambled to distribute thousands of space heaters to residents while #Black #Hill #Energy continued working #Tuesday to restore the gas.

#Aspen is expected to reach a low of negative four degrees #Tuesday night, according to the #National #Weather #Service.

The FBI has stepped in to help investigate the matter.



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