Except for flashing alarm clocks, coffee makers and stove timers, most of the 5,800 affected Maritime Electric customers wouldn’t have noticed a loss of power overnight because of the brief nature of the outage and the time of night.
The incident started before 2 a.m. when 185 customers in the Kingston area lost power because of a burned-out wire. After making minor repairs, the utility needed to shut down the Bonshaw circuit to re-energize the Kingston area.
That meant more than 5,600 customers from Lower Malpeque Rd. to DeSable lost power for a minute or two, on two separate occasions. The first attempt to bring everyone on line at 2:04 a.m. failed and the second attempt at 2:54 a.m. was successful. The outage at those times was just for a minute or so, said Maritime Electric spokesperson Kim Griffin.