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Animal caused power outage for 3,500 in Hagerstown

May 04, 2010|By JULIE E. GREENE

HAGERSTOWN -- About 3,500 Hagerstown Light Department customers were without power for less than an hour Monday night after an animal climbed onto a substation transformer, according to an e-mail from the city's director of utilities.

The outage occurred at approximately 10:18 p.m. Monday and affected customers in the North End and the West End, according to emergency services officials and Michael Spiker, director of utilities.

The animal, which was unidentifiable, caused an outage when it climbed onto a substation transformer at the Mitchell substation, Spiker said. That affected the Mitchell and Bulldog substations, both of which are near Mitchell and Pennsylvania Avenues, he said.

Power was restored to Bulldog substation customers around 10:30 p.m., Spiker said. Seventy-five percent of the Mitchell substation customers had their power restored by 10:45 p.m., and the remaining affected customers got power back around 11:05 p.m., he said.

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Crews will assess the damage this morning, Spiker said. Initial reports indicate it will not be an inexpensive repair job, he said.

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