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Power outage affects nearly 300 customers

April 07, 2005|by GREGORY T. SIMMONS and WANDA T. WILLIAMS

About 300 Hagerstown Light Department customers lost power Wednesday afternoon for about one hour after a high-voltage power line shorted out, Light Department Manager Michael Spiker said.

The problematic line was near the intersection of Medway Road and Westwood Street, and affected customers on both sides of Dual Highway between Cannon and Cleveland avenues, Spiker said.

Although the line disconnected when it failed, power crews were able to reroute power to other lines, restoring power to all customers by 4:30 p.m., Spiker said.

The power outage also disrupted traffic signals and caused at least one public building to close.

Patrons of the Washington County Free Library were asked to leave because there was no air conditioning due to the power failure, said library Assistant Director Kathleen O'Connell.

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"There was no air, it was really hot, and we had no idea when the power was coming back on," O'Connell said.

The library closed at 4:30 p.m., shortly before power was restored.

- Gregory T. Simmons and Wanda T. Williams

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