Power Outage Across From Tech Causes Headaches For Area - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/24/08

Power Outage Across From Tech Causes Headaches For Area

With Monday being the first day of classes for Texas Tech a late Sunday afternoon power outage caused headaches for drivers and students alike for about an hour and fifteen minutes.

LP&L says they had more than enough power to handle all the new students, air conditioners and doors opening and closing as Tech students gear up for school. So if it wasn't a power shortage, what was it that caused as many as 1,500 people to lose power? You might not believe the answer. Vandalism is the culprit and the cause of the power outage.

"All the evidence leads us to believe it could be vandalism, someone could have thrown something into the line," said Chris Sims with LP&L. "Our first thought is that we had a lot of load or a lot of electricity on that particular circuit but that was not the case."

Sims added, one way to tell is that the outage didn't happen at the closest power sub-station on Erskine between University and Indiana Avenues. "Usually when we have vandalism like that the evidence is burned up because of the high voltage on the line. This outage happened at 2nd Street and Boston so it's a little bit down from the sub-station and we believe someone may have just thrown something up on the line," he said.

The outage slowed traffic as Lubbock Police directed the endless lines of cars as Texas Tech students gear up for another year of hitting the books. It even trapped a Tech student in her apartment building elevator for about 20 minutes before firefighters freed her.

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