'Massive fireballs' reported when transmission line went down

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Maritime Electric restored power to 10,000 customers affected by widespread outage this morning

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A downed transmission line that led to reports of fireballs near Stratford left about 10,000 Maritime Electric customers without power this morning.

Maritime Electric reported it started receiving calls around 5:30 a.m. that “massive fireballs” were seen near the utility’s Crossroads substation.

Crews found a transmission line had gone down and hit another wire, which caused what people saw as a fireball and knocked out power from Stratford to East Point.

Kim Griffin, a spokeswoman for the utility, said Maritime Electric didn’t know yet what caused the line to go down.

“Certainly there’s been a fair bit of wear and tear with the weather this winter.”

The downed transmission line feeds five substations in P.E.I.

Maritime Electric sent crews to Lorne Valley to look for further problems and power was restored to areas across eastern P.E.I. once the main issue was isolated.

Maritime Electric said its crews had to pick up additional supplies, cut wire and replace about 30 metres of wire before the power could be reenergized.

Power was gradually restored and it was back on for all of the affected customers by 8:45 a.m.  

Organizations: Maritime Electric

Geographic location: Stratford, Eastern P.E.I., East Point

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