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2,500 lose power in city's North End

March 03, 2009

Power was restored to Hagerstown's North End at about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, about 30 minutes after an equipment failure caused about 2,500 customers in that part of the city to lose power, a Hagerstown Light Department official said.

Parts of the downtown area, including traffic lights, also were affected by the outage.

The Washington County Commissioners adjourned their meeting early because of the outage.

The 11 a.m. outage was caused by a malfunction in protective equipment, known as lightning arresters, in Allegheny Power's substation along Northern Avenue near the railroad tracks, an Allegheny spokesman said.

The problem cut off power to an electric line serving city customers.

Allegheny spokesman Todd Meyers said he doesn't know why the equipment failed, but a crew was to replace it.

The failure caused the protection breaker to trip and affected two of the city's substations, an official at the city's light department said. The city did some internal switching on its system to restore the power, the official said.

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