Stray voltage mystery keeps New Jersey family from pool and lawn

BRICK, NJ (WABC) — A New Jersey family worries for their safety after summer fun is ruined by a mysterious stray voltage detected in their backyard.

James and Colleen Volk have been treading their lawn carefully these days, as their quiet oasis harbors a shocking mystery.

Since they installed their above ground pool at the beginning of the summer, they say they have been victims of stray electrical voltages.

“My wife, my mother-in-law and my daughter in the pool, and my wife went to clean the skimmer basket,” James Volk said. “When she put her hand in it, she was so shocked that she felt it all the way to her feet, like tingling, numbness.”

The Volks had the pool and surrounding areas checked by the power company and independent electricians who tried everything, but the mystery persists.

“That’s the part we were missing originally, a green thread,” said James Volk. “We tied that, always a problem. Put ground rods there, it always happened. Replaced the whole link ring, it was still happening.

They’ve made all the major and minor fixes recommended by the experts, but the Volks still stay out of the pool.

“It’s a scary thing,” said James Volk. “I have a 2 year old daughter, she is my first child. I have my wife here. I have my mother-in-law here. We are afraid to leave the house and even to walk on our lawn.

He said his mother-in-law also felt shock one day standing on the lawn.

“She felt something, the same as my wife, from her feet to her hips,” he said. “She was almost vibrating.”

City officials are well aware of the Volk’s tension problem and say they are taking steps to keep the family safe.

“If they’ve done all the testing and it’s not coming from the pool or any of the work, then it would be stray voltage in the ground,” Brick Mayor John Ducey said.

JCP utility company&L said they were investigating.

“Any reports of stray voltage are a safety concern that will be investigated immediately and thoroughly,” spokesman Chris Hoenig said.

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