2004-08-06 / Front Page

Exit Cable Blows, Plunging 4,250 Into Darkness

By Howard Schwach

An Exit Cable coming from the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) plant in Bayswater blew out with a loud “pop” on Monday afternoon, cutting service for 4,250 Bayswater and Far Rockaway customers for more than an hour.

According to Bert Cunningham, a spokesperson for LIPA, a cable that carries electricity from the plant to local transmission lines, located at Mott Avenue and Bay 24 Street, failed at a little past 3 p.m. on Monday.

The first calls of the accident came to the 911 system from local residents who reported an “explosion” at the electrical generation plant.

Responding units found an electric pole on fire. The fire was quickly extinguished by the fire department, but electricity remained out in the entire area.

At about 3:50 p.m. on Monday, Cunningham told The Wave that the failed circuit had to be cleared and that service had to be rerouted. He said that there was no explosion, but that he would expect “a loud pop” when a cable such as that one fails. He estimated that it would take about a half-hour for most of the service to be restored.

In fact, Cunningham says, about 80 percent of the disrupted service was restored by 3:55 p.m. and the remainder by 4:21 p.m.

Police officials kept day tour patrol officers in the 101 Precinct on the job to insure safety in the impacted area.

Those officers were relieved shortly after power was restored to the entire area.

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