Power Goes Out on Campus, Leaving Students In the Dark

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Electricians work on the power lines on Route 5 following the power outage. (Photo by Brendan Larrabee)
Electricians work on the power lines on Route 5 following the power outage. (Photo by Brendan Larrabee)

Most of the College went dark last Friday when power was lost at approximately 10:45 a.m. Alan Lutton saw a “bright flash and pop” from the electric pole outside Anne Arundel Hall. “Then the power went out,” he said. According to an all-student email sent by Assistant Director for Trades & Projects Harry Sparrow, the outage was caused by a main feeder fuse breakdown on Route 5. The College’s electricity provider Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) arrived rapidly and repaired the faulty electric pole. Power was temporarily restored, but 30 minutes after SMECO successfully fixed the feeder fuse the top of an adjacent pole caught fire. SMECO extinguished the fire and repaired the second pole’s lightening arrestor failure, according to Sparrow. Power was reestablished across campus shortly after 3:00 p.m. Nearly a dozen buildings were affected by the outage, including the Campus Center, the Library, Kent Hall, Calvert Hall and Queen Anne Hall. Students across campus were impacted by the blackout as well. Sophomore Emilie Campbell was transcribing a laboratory report when the power shut down. “ I didn’t get a chance to recopy it,” she said. “My lab report ended up being late.”

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