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Faulty underground cable caused Friday power outage

September 30, 2002

Power was restored to the final 200 customers around 2 a.m. Saturday following a massive blackout that darkened wide areas of Washington County Friday night and left more than 1,000 homes and businesses without electricity, a spokeswoman for Allegheny Energy said.

Spokeswoman Tara Curtis said crews believe the outage was caused by a faulty underground cable. The cable has been repaired, she said.

Most of the customers had their power restored within three hours. The lights went out around 8 p.m.

Affected areas included Wesel Boulevard, Garland Groh Boulevard, Halfway Boulevard, Honeysuckle Lane, Hopewell Road, Cedar Lawn Drive, Bower Avenue and Western Maryland Parkway.

City and county police set up flares to light darkened roadways and directed traffic.

Businesses in the affected areas either closed for the night or relied on backup generators.

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