Arcing wire takes out power in portions of Rockport, Rockland this afternoon

Fri, 02/07/2020 - 5:00pm

ROCKLAND — An arcing, sparking wire on Route 1 in Rockport was likely the cause of a power outage that put many Rockland businesses into a brief sleep mode Friday afternoon.

Friday, Feb. 7, at approximately 1:20 p.m, as light winds in the Midcoast rattled branches weighted with snow and ice, a caller to 911 reported the arcing wire near a Rockport shoe store on Commercial Street. Within a few minutes, businesses along Rockland’s Camden Street, as well as traffic lights at Maverick Street/Old County Road and Broadway/North Main Street were in the dark. 

The culprit was a small branch that landed high up on a three-phase wire, knocking power out all the way down to McDonald’s, said Rockport Fire Chief Jason Peasley.

Peasley and a police officer together confirmed the source of the arcing, and cancelled all incoming Rockport firefighters. All that remained was for linesmen to remove the branch and kick the breaker back on.

Central Maine Power was on scene within 15 minutes.

“It was minor,” said Peasley. “We didn’t even roll the trucks.” 

Power was restored shortly after 2 p.m.


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