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Paraglider suffers burns in St. Pete after crashing into power lines

ST. PETERSBURG — A paraglider was injured Tuesday morning after crashing into power lines and suffering electrical burns.

The accident occurred just after 9 a.m. near 1st Avenue North and 60th Street N., according to St. Petersburg Fire Rescue spokesman Lt. Steve Lawrence.

The unidentified paraglider became tangled in the power lines and is currently at Tampa General Hospital for treatment of possibly second-degree burns.

Earlier, officials had received reports that as many as three paragliders were flying near buildings, Lawrence said.

The initial call came from someone who heard loud popping as the man hit the power lines, Lawrence said. Firefighters found the man out of his harness, which was attached to the parachute tangled in power lines.

"He had mentioned he had some engine problems prior to crashing," Lawrence said.

By the time firefighters arrived, the other paragliders had left. Lawrence said it's uncertain where the paragliders originally launched.

According to Duke Energy, 37 customers were left without power after the incident. The company is estimating all power in the area will be restored by 3 p.m.

This is a developing story. Stay with tampabay.com for updates.

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