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Power outage affects North End of Hagerstown

May 02, 2008

The first calls about a power outage in Hagerstown's North End began coming in to the 911 Center at 12:14 p.m. today. Within minutes, emergency equipment was sent to the substation on Northern Avenue near Gold's Gym.

"We don't know the full extent but we've been getting a lot of calls," said Keith Bowen, dispatcher at the Washington County 911 Center.

Hagerstown City Police were sent out to cover intersections where traffic lights had been affected. Some were dark while others were flashing.

According to Mike Spiker, director for utilities for the Hagerstown Light Department, the outage of about 20 minutes was due to a loss of a subtransmission circuit from the city's supplier.

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The light plant personnel were able to utilize another subtransmission source located on the eastern portion of the service territory, Spiker said.

Shortly before 3 p.m., Spiker said once the repairs are completed by the supplier and the source is re-energized, the light plant can restore the system to normal operations.

This outage affected approximately 3,000 customers in portions of downtown Hagerstown and areas surrounding Pennsylvania Avenue, Salem Avenue, and Burhans Boulevard.

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