Baltimore's Penn Station, parts of Harford County lose power in Thursday outages

About 10,000 people -- and anyone waiting on a train -- temporarily in the dark

December 19, 2013|By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun

Passengers at Baltimore's Penn Station and about 10,000 folks in Harford County lost electricity in two separate outages Thursday, said Rachael Lighty, a Baltimore Gas & Electric spokeswoman.

The lights went out at Penn Station around 4:30 p.m. and came back on a little over an hour later. The tracks weren't affected, and MARC and Amtrak officials said neither service saw delays because of it.

Lighty said an issue with an underground power cable to the building caused the outage. The building was switched to another power supply, and BGE is investigating why the first failed, she said.

The Harford County outage was due to a malfunctioning transformer at a substation near Bel Air around 2:30 p.m. Service was restored a few hours later, Lighty said.

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