About 1,700 Bel Air area homes and businesses were without power for nearly two hours Tuesday afternoon, following a malfunction with a piece of Baltimore Gas and Electric equipment.
A portion of the downtown area lost power at 2:51 p.m., according to Rachael Lighty, spokesperson for BGE. Lighty said service should be restored by 5 p.m. and most appeared to have power by that time, according to BGE's online outage map.
One of the BGE cables had an issue caused a feeder to lock out, Lighty said. A feeder is a piece of equipment used to deliver electricity, she explained. At the time, Lighty did not know the cause of the cable issue, whether it was because of an overload of the system from high temperatures or related to an accident.
Although the south side of Main Street in Bel Air maintained power throughout the outage, power was out at the Aegis building on North Main Street and traffic lights were out from there to the intersection of Route 1 and Route 23 in the Hickory area north of town. The traffic light at Route 1 and Route 543 was working properly, however.
Most of the south end of Main Street, where most of the Harford County government offices and courts are located, never lost power.
Power was restored to the Aegis building as of 4:40 p.m. Tuesday.
County Emergency Operations Manager Rick Ayers said the 911 center, which is in the Hickory area, was "extremely busy" during that time period with residents reporting transformer explosions, field fires and downed wires.
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