Update: Outage not caused by vandals

by Christian Mower on February 25, 2014

UPDATE Tuesday February 25, 2014
OUTAGE NOT CAUSED BY VANDALISM
A spokesman for a power company that serves the Conway area now says the cause of Sunday morning’s brief outage in the North Conway area was not vandalism.

Seth Wheeler of New Hampshire Electric Co-op says his company initially reported to Conway Police someone had shot at several insulators on power poles at an unpopulated area in North Conway off a cross country ski trail – and one pole caught on fire.

Wheeler now says that preliminary information was not correct and it appears a tree fell on a span of wire, causing insulators on several spans to crack and break, making it appear as if they had been damaged by bullets. Wheeler says the tree that fell was out of the right-of-way so it was not immediately visible to the crew that arrived to make repairs.

Just more than 3,000 customers lost power shortly before 7:30 a.m. Sunday. It was restored about an hour later.

Original Story
A spokesman for a power company says a brief power outage Sunday in the North Conway area was caused by vandalism.

Seth Wheeler of New Hampshire Electric Co-op says the power went off shortly before 7:30 a.m. and crews patrolling a power line found what looked like a number of insulators on power poles that were shot out, causing a fire on one pole.

He says workers were able to restore power quickly by re-routing power to the Conway substation from another substation, but the actual repair work was lengthy and posed a safety challenge to crews as the line was still hot.

Wheeler says just more than 3,000 customers were affected and power was restored about an hour later, just after 8:30 a.m.

The vandalism happened in an unpopulated area off a cross country ski trail in North Conway, but Wheeler was unable to pinpoint the exact location.