Vandals Cut Phone Service to Hundreds of Businesses

Vandals Cut Phone Service to Hundreds of Businesses

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John Daley reporting Phone crews worked all day Monday to repair damage to a couple thousand phone lines.

A spokeman with the phone company, Qwest, says at about 3:30 am, vandals ripped open a large outside phone box at 2200 West and California Avenue and cut all cables, thereby cutting the phone service to about 2,400 phone lines--mostly nearby businesses.

Today crews were patching together each of the individual lines, which look like multi-colored strands of spaghetti.

The area affected was large--from 2200 West to Bangerter Highway, and from 900 South to 1700 South.

At the many businesses in this area, there were a number of workers who showed up today to find all phones, faxes and internet service out of commission.

Toby Dillon/ Skymail Int'l Mail Processing: "Meant for the most part that everybody had to use cell phones. For me personally, I wasn't able to get on the internet to get the information I needed to do my job."

A spokesman for Qwest says they expect to have service restored by 6:00 tomorrow morning.

Why the lines were cut remains a mystery. Police are investigating.

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