Outage in downtown Manchester overnight caused by power surge says PSNH
MANCHESTER - An exploding switchgear knocked out power to about 160 downtown customers late Friday night.
Martin Murray, spokesman for Public Service of New Hampshire, said a large electrical surge about 11:30 p.m. Friday ';blew apart the casing'; that enclosed an electrical switchgear in the Millyard area near Commercial Street.
Power was restored by 3:30 a.m. Saturday and crews expected to complete repairs to the switch gear by noon Saturday.
Murray said a switch gear is a collection of circuit breakers and switches that are in an enclosure above the ground. He said early reports that a transformer had exploded were false.
The outage ';had nothing to do with a transformer,'; Murray said.
Jackie Favreau, sales manager at the Radisson Hotel, said the building lost power briefly, but generators were used until electricity was restored.
';The lights were only off for about 15 minutes,'; she said.
She said the hotel experienced some lingering problems with computers and accounting systems into Saturday morning.