Copper thieves temporarily knocked off KMBC off the air for some Kansas City viewers, B&C reports.
The thieves hit the transmitter on Sunday night, cutting through one pipe before running away. KMBC general manager Wayne Godsey says the theft involved less than $10,000 in damage, although pointed out the thieves could have been seriously injured by 35,000 volts of electricity or boiling hot liquid that flows through the pipes.
"The risk they took was not just getting caught by the authorities. They risked serious-and perhaps fatal-injuries. It was incredibly dangerous," he said.
KMBC used an auxiliary transmitter to broadcast while its crew fixed the damaged transmitter.