Brief outage hits Orono, Old Town, Veazie

Posted Dec. 15, 2011, at 9:36 p.m.

ORONO, Maine — The cause of a brief but noticeable power outage Thursday afternoon that affected thousands of customers in Orono, Old Town and Veazie remained undetermined Thursday night.

The power went out at 4:31 p.m. and was back on by 4:34 p.m., Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. spokesman Bob Potts said Thursday night.

“It looks as though a line tripped,” he said. What caused the malfunction was not immediately clear, he said.

Among the areas affected by the outage were much of Stillwater Avenue and the University of Maine campus, where Bangor Hydro was getting ready to host its annual holiday gathering for local business and legislative leaders at the Buchanan Alumni House, Potts said.

“Luckily, it was short term and resolved even before I got on campus,” he said.

An Orono resident reported that the outage caused public safety sirens to go off.

In Old Town, police Sgt. Michael Hashey was on the telephone with a reporter when the power went out, causing the police station’s backup generator to kick on.

Other small and isolated outages continued throughout the evening, most of them likely caused by windy, rainy weather, Bangor Hydro spokeswoman Susan Faloon said.

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