New Year's revelers destroy Alaska Internet link

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Associated Press

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 11:05 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 10 at 11:07 AM

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A New Year's tradition has left residents in the Interior Alaska community of Tanana off the grid.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports (http://is.gd/CPJKuZ) the traditional way to ring in the new year is to shoot off guns at midnight on Jan. 1 in the Alaska Native community about 150 miles west of Fairbanks.

But this year, one or more revelers with .410-gauge shotguns shot out one of the town's main fiber-optic cables. The cable was strung about 20 feet high.

That has left the roughly 250 residents without Internet service. Officials are waiting for a part to arrive before service can be restored.

It's not known if the shooting was intentional or an accident. Ralph Eller owns the local cable company. He says: "You can't fix stupid."

Troopers are investigating.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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