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Transformer malfunction knocks out power in part of Hagerstown's North End

March 24, 2012

Power is out in part of Hagerstown’s North End after a transformer malfunctioned near Northern Middle School Saturday around 8 p.m., a Washington County emergency dispatch supervisor said.

The area of Northern Avenue and Pennsylvania Avenue was without power, he said.

The problem originated in the 700 block of Northern Avenue, between the middle school and another building.

“Apparently, there was an electrical transformer that malfunctioned there and put out quite a light show,” the supervisor said.

Trees around the transformer initially caught fire, but the fire burned itself out, he said.

There were no injuries and no hazards, and firefighters were clearing the scene around 8:30 p.m. because there was nothing they could do, the supervisor said.

— Heather Keels

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