Thursday, September 7, 2017

Lightning Strike Knocks Out Power In Cheshire

A lightning strike knocked out power to over 1,400 Eversource Energy customers in Cheshire Tuesday night and caused significant damage at a Blacks Road home, according to a utility spokesman and Fire Chief Jack Casner.
Fire fighters were called to 436 Blacks Road at about 9:30 p.m., Casner said Wednesday. Lightning had struck a utility pole and knocked down an electric distribution line, which was burning on the ground, he said.

The electric charge from the lightning made its way from the distribution line to a light outside the home and followed the wiring inside, Casner said. That in turn caused "a significant number of electrical components inside the home" to catch fire briefly until crews from the utility de-energized the distribution network work in the area, he said.

The energy surge from the lightning that made its way into the home also ruined some copper piping that was part of the plumbing in the home, according to Casner.

Mitch Gross, an Eversource Energy spokesman, said a total of 1.423 customers in Cheshire lost power because of the lightning strike. Service was restored to 556 of those customers by 11 p.m. Tuesday, according to Gross.

Another 292 Eversource customers in Cheshire had their power restored by 1:25 a.m. on Wednesday, he said. The remains customers who were still without power had their service restored between 4 .a.m and 5 a.m. Wednesday, according to Gross.

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