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Two power outages reported in city

April 03, 2002|BY MARLO BARNHART

Allegheny Power personnel Tuesday responded to two different outages that turned out to be the result of the same mechanical failure - a broken cross arm on a Landis Road pole that apparently broke around 4 p.m.

The first power outage occurred along the Dual Highway/Edgewood area east of Hagerstown and was repaired quickly, restoring approximately 490 customers to service by 6:30 p.m.

Judi Pierce, a resident in the Edgewood Drive area, said her power went out about 4 p.m.

"Fortunately, I have a gas stove so it didn't affect the dinner hour for me," Pierce said.

Allegheny spokesman Tara Curtis said the cause of that first outage was not immediately determined.

Then at 8:40 p.m. calls began coming in about transformers arcing and exploding in the 700-800 block of Bentley Court.

"It was then we discovered the broken cross arm which supports the wires on the pole on Landis Road," Curtis said shortly after 9 p.m. It was believed that failure caused both problems.

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Curtis said several hundred customers were affected by the second outage and would be switched over to another feeder line until repairs could be made on the broken cross arm.

"Unfortunately, some customers who were restored might be losing power later when we switch over," Curtis said. The work was expected to take three to four hours, Curtis said.

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