ALEX CITY, Ala. (WSFA) - An east Alabama artist has died while creating a piece of artwork, according to the Alex City Police Department.
Chief Deputy James Easterwood said the victim, 39-year-old local resident Ronnie Wayne McDaniel, was working with electricity to create a piece known as Lichtenberg wood art.
Lichtenberg wood art involves burning lightning or tree-like figures into wood with high voltage electricity.
A preliminary investigation shows McDaniel was electrocuted at his residence sometime between 5 and 6 p.m. Thursday.
His death has been ruled an accident.