Metal thieves risked death by dodging 30,000 volts of electricity to steal from NINE substations in just 10 days.
Stations across Leyland and South Ribble were targeted in a wave of crime, where copper worth more than £10,000 was taken.
Bosses at Electricity North West, who run the stations, have warned thieves they could have died.
In one incident, a substation on Stanifield Lane was hit, which caused a power outage at the nearby Farington Waste Technology Park for a number of hours. Thieves also climbed a 2m high pole to steal copper earthing.
And in others, padlocks have been broken off the stations to leave them open for any member of the public to touch live equipment.
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