Oct. 28th Power Outage Due To Copper Theft At Substation

Oct. 28th Power Outage Due To Copper Theft At Substation Featured

By / Local News / Wednesday, 29 October 2014 04:00

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NEW HANOVER CTY - The lights went out shortly after midnight on October 28th for over 22,000 Duke Energy Progress Customers in some areas of New Hanover County. The largest outage area was on Pleasure Island. Customers in Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Fort Fisher were without power for a couple of hours. Other areas included just over the bridge up to Monkey Junction and another in the area of Shipyard Blvd. That included the State Port, New Hanover Regional Medical Center and Independence Mall areas.
Duke Energy Progress officials said the outage was due to damage of transmission lines in the Wilmington area.
Later that day the Wilmington Police Department was investigating theft of copper from the Bernard Creek substation which reportedly caused part of the substation to stop operating. Power company officials said crews worked quickly to restore power and called police to report the copper theft.
Previously on September 2nd, of this year Duke Energy Progress officials reported theft at the substation in Carolina Beach on 6 South Dow Road. There was damage to property and theft of $1,500.00 in stranded copper ground wires and 100 brass grounding lugs and fittings valued at $1,000.00.
That incident did not result in a power outage.


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