Alex City artist dies after being electrocuted

Downtown Alex City, Alabama.
Downtown Alex City, Alabama.(Source: WSFA 12 News file photo)
Updated: Jul. 12, 2019 at 3:45 PM EDT
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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.

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