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RTC cameras damaged by recent lightning

Reported by: Denise Rosch
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Updated: 9/09/2013 10:00 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Recent thunderstorms have caused a few problems for the Regional Transportation Commission which has found a number of pieces of equipment hit by lightning.

News 3's Denise Rosch takes a look at what was affected and how it ties to your commute.

FAST cameras are the eyes on the Las Vegas roads and freeways that allow the RTC to monitor traffic and issue warnings.

But, during the last three weeks or so, eight cameras have been hit by lightning.

Each of those cameras costs about $7,000 brand new. Repairs can run $500 to several thousand dollars each.

Also fried during a recent storm was a control box near a camera at Russell and u.s.95. The burn marks and smoke damage are clearly visible.

While lightning is a common threat to the cameras, and repairs are budgeted in those in charge of the system say this recent activity has been a lot, all at once.

“On Labor Day there were a lot of hits in the Southeast in Henderson near Galleria and in a lot of cases we were able to go out and reset the devices and they were up and running again,” said Brian Hoeft, Director of FAST. “But if a cabinet takes a direct hit we have to send it out to repair.”

There are more than 400 FAST cams all over the valley. Anything hit by lightning is quickly switched out so RTC has eyes on the road, once again.

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