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Neighbors stunned by man's electrocution

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Neighbors are traumatized after witnessing a man climb the fence into a Georgia Power substation and get electrocuted.

22-year-old Don'travious Walsh died at the scene

One woman, who did not want to release her name said she was on the phone with dispatchers when she saw Walsh walking toward the substation.

What happened next keeps repeating in her mind. "I've never seen anything like that in my life," said one witness.

This witness, who didn't want to give her name, was on her porch around 1:30 this morning.  She called 911 after she says she saw Walsh acting strange around the Georgia Power substation. "When I was talking to the dispatcher, I was telling her, 'He was messing with the gate and that there was an officer at Moultrie Manor.  Could you send the officer down here?"

But seconds later, she says the unimaginable happened. "But by that time, he had already gotten inside the power thing. And before we could get to him, he had already touched it.  And then there was a big boom."

The sound was followed by an explosion.  The sparks seen down the street where another witness lived. "We had the window up, and the next thing we knew, we saw a big, bright light."

Investigators found Walsh dead within the fenced-in high voltage area around 1:30.  But it took a few hours for Georgia Power crews to cut off the power before officials could remove the body.

"All I could say was, 'No.'  That was the only thing I could say."

Neighbors say they're also at a loss for words. "I can't explain it, it's hard.  And I can just feel for his mom, his sisters, his relatives, and stuff like that.   Because it's hard. I know it's hard."

There will be no autopsy. But as investigators try to figure out why Walsh scaled the fence. They will look at results from a toxicology test to provide any sort of explanation.

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