SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

October 12, 2012

Circuit-breaker failure leads to widespread outage

BY ETHAN FORMAN STAFF WRITER
The Salem News

---- — DANVERS — A problem with the town’s main electrical substation on Bow Street yesterday around 2 p.m. wound up knocking out power to approximately half the town, Department of Public Works Director David Lane said.

A circuit breaker failed, dropping out power along one of the main lines that feed the town. Electric crews responded and rerouted power around the circuit breaker, said Lane, who wound up on a conference call with Danvers Electric staff after 2 p.m.

By 2:45 p.m., “they were able to reroute the power,” Lane said. While some customers may have noticed a momentary blip in their power, others lost power for longer stretches of time. The incident tripped a circuit breaker at the Highlands substation, leading to a small area in this neighborhood to be without power for a longer stretch of time, Lane said.

A message and an email seeking further comment from Utility Director Coleen O’Brien-Pitts was not returned as of press time yesterday.