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Falling sign causes power short circuit and power outage

Friday, March 14, 2008

For some area students, even the lights going out Friday didn't mean school was canceled.

Duke Energy reported a power outage in the southern portion of the county Friday morning.

Duke Energy business relations manager Rick Burger told The Times an aerial sign fell off a pole, causing a short-circuit.

Burger said power went out at 7:30 a.m., but was restored at 8:11 a.m.

"It was a transmission line that we had a problem with," Burger said.

Burger said helicopters patrol the lines and the aerial signs are on every five or six poles in order for the helicopters to pinpoint problems.

"The sign came loose and short-circuited out," Burger said. "We had to go and remove it. (The signs) are there for the purpose of tracking poles if there are troubles."

The power outage affected residents in Bowling Green, Center Point and Cory.

Students at Jackson Township Elementary School might have been surprised upon arriving to school Friday morning, however, as the lights were out.

"When the kids came in, we took them to the gymnasium," Principal Jeff Fritz said. "It really wasn't that bad. It was nothing major."

Fritz said Clay Community Schools Director of Buildings and Grounds Tom Reberger was at the school Friday morning providing lights off corporation vehicles or with the buses so the students could enter the building.

Fritz said the power outage did not disrupt school Friday.

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