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Downtown DeKalb roads open as crews fix power line

Published: Friday, May 9, 2014 5:23 p.m. CDT • Updated: Saturday, May 10, 2014 12:58 a.m. CDT
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Monica Maschak - mmaschak@shawmedia.com A ComEd worker tends to a large-voltage line on Oak Street east of Fourth Street after the line began arcing and shooting sparks causing power to flicker in the area Friday evening. Authorities closed Fourth Street from Fisk Avenue to Locust Street and also closed Oak and Pine streets between Third and Fifth streets.

DeKALB – ComEd shut off power for about 1,400 customers Friday evening as crews fixed a switch that had been arcing along a high-voltage power line.

The arcing switch was discovered on Oak Street east of Fourth Street in DeKalb about 4:30 p.m., with authorities closing nearby roads until ComEd crews cut the power about 5:45 p.m.

Authorities had closed Fourth Street from Fisk Avenue to Locust Street, as well as Oak and Pine streets between Third and Fifth streets.

Power was restored to about 375 customers by 6 p.m., with 1,000 customers seeing power return by 6:15 p.m. and the rest expected to return by 8 p.m., ComEd spokesman Paul Callighan said.

“The cause is under investigation,” Callighan said.

The problem cause some lights to flicker throughout the DeKalb area.

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