Power outage on South Shore affects thousands
WHITMAN, Mass. -- A power outage on the South Shore left thousands in the dark on Monday night.
Southeastern Massachusetts was in a partial blackout for 15 to 30 minutes, which sparked electrical fires all over.
A Whitman homeowner was the first person to notice the sparks coming from a high tension line around 8:30 p.m. In order to fix that line, National Grid has to shut off, or reduce power to Norwell, Weymouth, Scituate, Cohasset, Abington, Rockland, Hanson, Whitman and Hanover. In all, more than 7,300 households were affected.
In Rockland alone, four or five fires were ignited from electrical problems all stemming from the half power.
The Whitman fire chief explained what went wrong with that high tension line: “When that wire burnt through, that reduced the power throughout southeastern Mass. Area, which gave a lot of us half power, which wrecked a little bit of havoc. According to National Grid, the only way to fix that was to shut the entire system down, which they did.”
Power has been restored. The Whitman fire chief said he has no idea what caused that line to blow, but says it was probably ware and tear.
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