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KANSAS CITY, Kan. --   The line came down on a Saturday afternoon after a sudden and violent storm blew through the metro. It came down while dozens of people were here at Rosedale Park for a disc golf tournament

FOX 4 news obtained video of the power line sparking and flashing right after it came down. Several people involved with the National Disc Golf Tournament said they called the Kansas City Board of Public Utilities and 911 about the downed line multiple times.

The big question: Why was the line still down and still live 12 hours later, when Nick Moeder at the park playing a night game of disc golf with friends, and was killed when he stepped on the live power line?

The BPU report only said that the storm on July 15th downed some 30 lines in its area, and they more than 500 calls about outages.

BPU said crews worked until midnight on July 16th trying to restore power and said that:

“It is very unfortunate that we did not respond in a time frame that could have possibly prevented this tragedy.”

But the attorney representing Nick Moeder's family, Chad Beaver, said all of this is very little comfort to the family.

He added that the two page news release still did not include an apology to the family.

Beaver said the timeline of events still isn't clear to him. He hopes it will be once the BPU provides a full, detailed report, and not just a two-page news release.

He said he hopes that will be provided willingly, otherwise he said the family is prepared to file a lawsuit.

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