Copper thieves hit light fixtures near Historic Fourth Ward Park - CBS46 News

Copper thieves hit light fixtures near Historic Fourth Ward Park

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ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) -

Skaters practiced their moves at Atlanta's Historic Fourth Ward Park on Tuesday.

Conditions are perfect during the day, but at night, they're not. 

"If you came through here at night, it's just completely dark. It's like pitch black out here," skater Robert Johnson said. 

Atlanta Parks Director Doug Voss said copper thieves stripped the wiring in about 15 light fixtures near the park about a week ago.

"What are you doing to solve this problem?"  CBS Atlanta News reporter Adam Murphy asked. 

"Well there are three things.  One is we try to put back materials that are not copper.  Copper seems to have the largest street value right now.  We use aluminum, and if we can go to solar we try to go to that method, and we also weld the base plates that allow people to get in, and then we've used concrete," Voss said. 

Park goers made it clear that safety is an issue here as long as the lights are out.

"Once the sun goes down, there's no question I don't feel safe for me or my family to be out in this area at all," resident Kevin Owens said.

City officials said there were no witnesses to this incident, and they don't have surveillance cameras at the park.   

"I wish I was out here and saw them doing it.  I could have taken care of that myself," skater Byron Bickes said.

City officials said it could take them a month to make repairs and turn the lights back on.

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