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Power restored for BGE customers after surge causes outages in Carroll

Baltimore Gas and Electric was reporting thousands of power outages in the Westminster area as of 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to an outage map on their website.

A brief power surge in the Westminster area at about 3 p.m. caused homes and local agencies to lose power. The power failure was due to an electrical substation issue with BGE, according to Deborah Lundahl, a spokeswoman for Carroll County government.

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A BGE spokesman provided the following statement at 3:50 p.m.: "BGE is making a repair to electric equipment serving the area after a service interruption this afternoon initially affected 6,500 customers, most of whom were restored immediately by rerouting power."

By 4:30 p.m. all customers affected by the surge had their power restored, a BGE spokeswoman said, though several homes experienced unrelated outages throughout the evening.

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The Westminster Police Department confirmed that its station had lost power. Westminster officers directed traffic at intersections where traffic lights were out and called for additional resources from Maryland State Police, the Carroll County Sheriff's Office, and the Maryland State Highway Association, according to a Westminster police spokesperson.

A car crash occurred at the intersection of Md. 140 and Center Street in Westminster where a light was out. The vehicles were damaged but there were no injuries, police said.

Heather Mongilio and Jon Kelvey contributed to this story.

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