ANNAPOLIS/SOUTH COUNTY--Davidsonville * Edgewater * Shady Side * Deale

April 13, 1993

Raccoon is the culprit in Sunday power outage

Annapolis was plunged into darkness Sunday night after a raccoon crawled into an electric substation and knocked out the power.

Downtown residents lighted candles and the dome of the State House was shrouded by darkness for an hour after the power went out at 9:07 p.m.

Some 11,500 customers in the city's historic downtown and parts of Eastport had no electricity until 10:13 p.m.

The power went out in a dramatic flash after a raccoon crawled into the Cedar Park substation, climbed on a board with electrical wiring and caused a short circuit. The explosion tripped a 110,000-volt line feeding into the substation, said Art Slusark, a spokesman for Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

The flash of light from the explosion could be seen several miles away.

Anne Arundel Medical Center's backup power system went on, and the Naval Academy was not affected because it generates its own electricity. But the rest of downtown, including the Governor's Mansion, was completely dark.

Most of Eastport was not affected because it relies on power from a substation on Tyler Avenue, Mr. Slusark said. But Robinwood and Newtowne 20, two public housing complexes off Forest Drive, lost power.

Alderman to discuss Ward 1 Sector Study

Annapolis Alderman Dean Johnson, and representatives of the city's Planning and Zoning Department will discuss the Ward 1 Sector Study at a 7:30 p.m. meeting Thursday for his constituents at Germantown Elementary School.

The Ward 2 independent will explain the study's impact to residents, particularly to those who live in the Rowe Boulevard Corridor. The study has been approved by the City's Planning and Zoning Commission. The City Council will discuss it at 7:30 p.m., April 21.

Information: 263-7940.

POLICE LOG

* Edgewater: Thieves broke into a 1980 Pontiac parked in the 100 block of Fiddlers Hill Road Saturday and took a purse and other property valued at $717.

* Whispering Woods: Burglars broke into a home in the 1300 block of Old Pine Court Thursday and took a television set and other property valued at $600.

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