By FRANCA LEWIS
A mistake by construction crews working on Hagerstown's new ice rink left hundreds without power for much of Saturday afternoon.
Hagerstown City Light Manager Terry Weaver said workers taking down the stables at the Hagerstown Fairgrounds accidentally hit a utility guide wire.
Weaver said the wire snapped, striking a high voltage line and interrupting electric service through the North End and parts of the eastern section of the city.
The power outage happened at 2:30 p.m. and lasted about an hour and a half, Weaver said.
Saturday's problem came exactly a week after the groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new $2.1 million Hagerstown Ice and Sports Complex. The ice rink is set to open this summer.