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Blackout

Parts of city lose power for an hour

Parts of city lose power for an hour

April 05, 2007

HAGERSTOWN - About 2,000 City Light customers were in the dark for about an hour Wednesday night after an Allegheny Energy breaker tripped, officials said.

Mike Spiker, director of utilities for the City of Hagerstown, said City Light switched to a reserve source of power after the lights went out at about 8:10 p.m.

About 2,000 customers in an area south of Washington Street, west of Potomac Street, north of Wilson Boulevard and east of Mont Valla Avenue lost power, Spiker said.

"Yeah, this street has lights, but my street don't. Burhans (Boulevard), the whole block is out," said Darrell Chambers, who was walking on Franklin Street with his hands in the pockets of a thin jacket.

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Chambers said he walked to a store to buy cigarettes, but he also picked up a few power-outage necessities.

"I got them, too, because I don't know how long it's going to be out. I got candles, flashlights," said Chambers, pointing east on Franklin Street to indicate where he had gone shopping. At Universal Liquors, the lights were on.

Allegheny Energy spokeswoman Hollie Plevyak said the company notified City Light after a breaker tripped, affecting power feeding into the City Light system.

She said crews were on the scene Wednesday night to find the source of the trouble.




Parts of town affected



Wednesday night's power outage in Hagerstown affected about 2,000 customers in an area south of Washington Street, west of Potomac Street, north of Wilson Boulevard and east of Mont Valla Avenue.

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