Gunfire sparks Comcast outage in Fresno

New Year's revelers firing guns into the sky sparked an outage for Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) subscribers in Fresno, Calif., after bullets damaged lines that deliver cable and phone service, according to local police.

The cable MSO responded to the outage shortly after midnight on Tuesday. One of its teams of field technicians called police after the Comcast technicians found about 25 spent shell casings near the damaged cable plant, according to The Fresno Bee. More than 800 subscribers lost cable and phone service as a result of the incident, and the shooting resulted in more than $10,000 in damage, according to Comcast.

"This is a prime example of damage that (is) caused by reckless discharge of guns during the New Year celebration," the Fresno Police Department said in a prepared statement.

Comcast has also been working this week to repair damage to its network in Arkansas that resulted from a storm with high winds.

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- The Fresno Bee has this story

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