Westminster outage halts service to 384 homes police use emergency generators

Source of temporary loss is malfunctioning device at local BGE substation

November 25, 1996|By Erin Texeira | Erin Texeira,SUN STAFF

A power outage in Westminster forced state and city police stations to use emergency generators and disrupted service to 384 homes for about 45 minutes early yesterday.

At a Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. substation on John Street near Cranberry Mall, a device that joins underground electric cables with overhead wires stopped working about 2 a.m., causing the outage, said Kathleen Nolan, a BGE spokeswoman.

'Sparks flying'

"One of our troopers drove by there and said he saw sparks flying and smoke coming out," said Sgt. Keith Papi of the state police Westminster barracks.

Police services uninterrupted

Papi and Lt. Randy Barnes of Westminster city police said pTC emergency services were not interrupted during the power outage because generators were able to keep telephone and radio systems operating.

But lights and electrical outlets in nonessential rooms, including offices, restrooms and locker rooms, were not functioning during the outage, the officers said.

The homes that lost power were in Westminster's downtown business district near the city police station at 36 Locust St., Nolan said.

The state police barracks is two miles away at 1100 Route 140.

No injuries were reported, authorities said.

Pub Date: 11/25/96

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