State security investigates after cable fire at Tesla construction site

After the fire near the future Tesla plant, the police are not ruling out arson. A possible political motive is also being investigated – a letter of confession appears at noon.

Investigators are investigating the cable fire near the Tesla construction site.

IOn Wednesday night, power cables burn near the future Tesla plant near Berlin – the police are also investigating a possible political motive. Arson cannot be ruled out, said a police spokesman on Wednesday morning. “The LKA investigation team is currently on site and is investigating the crime scene.”

A letter of confession appeared at noon. Under the author’s name “Vulkangruppe” it says: “On the night of May 25th to 26th, 2021, we cut the power supply for the construction site of the Tesla Giga factory in Grünheide near Berlin by setting fire to six high-voltage cables laid above ground to have.”

This is followed by criticism of the car maker. “Tesla is neither green, ecological nor social,” says the letter published on the radical left platform Indymedia.org. “We check whether there is something to it,” said Joachim Lemmel, spokesman for the State Criminal Police Office (LKA) Brandenburg.

What was in Munich?

The power cables in a forest about 500 meters from the automaker’s plant had burned on Wednesday night. The arm-thick cables supply, among other things, the construction site of the car factory that is currently being built in Grünheide (Oder-Spree district). Despite the fire, the cables are still functional, the police said in the morning.

The energy supplier Edis announced in the afternoon: “Immediate supply interruptions have not been necessary so far.” Rescue workers of the supplier have been on site since the early hours of the morning to assess the damage and to initiate and coordinate further necessary steps, said spokesman Danilo Fox.

The Munich police are meanwhile continuing to investigate the suspicion that left-wing extremists were responsible for the massive power outage in the east of the Bavarian capital on Friday and Saturday. From early Friday morning until Saturday last week, 20,000 households in the east of Munich were at least temporarily without electricity.

On Sunday, a letter of responsibility was also uploaded to Indymedia.org in which the anonymous authors stated that they had “attacked the electricity and fiber optic network of the municipal utilities in the east of Munich”. The main objective of the campaign was “the defense company Rhode & Schwarz at Munich’s Ostbahnhof” – in fact, the company was written as “Rohde & Schwarz”.

It is an electronics company that also supplies the state with electronic measurement and telecommunications technology. This is used, for example, in air traffic control, defense and cybersecurity. The company headquarters of “Rohde & Schwarz” is located in the factory district affected by the power failure. With the attack it was “happily” succeeded in “turning the juice off” for 24 hours, the letter said.