Sabotage Suspected In Verizon Phone Service Outage

LEMONT FURNACE (KDKA) — Phone service went out in Lemont Furnace and Verizon believes saboteurs were possibly behind it.

The phones went out because someone got into a locked underground vault with a key and turned off the breakers.

There also was a case of sabotage in Carnegie. Someone used a key to open a box and unscrewed a cable which doesn’t occur naturally.

The damage may be aimed at Verizon the company, but the potential for harm is far-reaching.

“This is of grave concern to Verizon because for many people – especially elderly – they rely on their phones as a lifeline,” Lee Gierczynski, a Verizon spokesman, said. “And if they don’t have their phone service, they may not be able to make emergency calls.”

Striking workers say vandalism is not something that’s encouraged.

“Our position is we have not had this reported to us and also we don’t condone any illegal activities,” Tammy Hunter, a union worker, said.

Verizon is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information that leads to the arrest of some of these vandalism suspects.

State police in Uniontown say the people responsible for the phone outage will be charged with felony criminal mischief.

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  • Goober

    I didn’t know they had phones in Fayette county………..did anyone ever hear of this town until today?

  • HistoryBuff

    Yes, Lemont Furnace was a famous astronaut and also fought in the Civil War and Vietnam War. He also played for both the Steelers and Pirates. They decided to name the town after Mr. Furnace.

  • bubba

    Striking workers say vandalism is not something that’s encouraged. But we do it anyway cause we are union and as union jerks we can do what we want ????


    I think verizon mangement should be investigated. That sounds like a pretty basic act like what someone in mangement could do to make the union workers look bad!!!! I would think Verizon Technicians know a little more about their systems and could devise something a little harder to fix….

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