What was that? Utility lines touching causes 15-minute outage for about 1.7K near Dayton

Power has been restored after AES officials said that a safety mechanism turned off power to just under 1,700 households in the Dayton area.

Specifically, during the outage 1,682 households were in the dark, with all but two of those being part of one large outage around the northern edge of Dayton and Harrison Township.

According to the map, the outage was reported at 9:29 p.m., and has an estimated restoration time of 11 p.m.

However, AES said that the map was incorrect, and power had only been out since 10:07 p.m. Power was restored at 10:21 p.m.

Officials said the outage was caused when an RTA bus was disconnecting from power and pushed another company’s lines into the AES power lines.

This triggered a safety mechanism called a lockout which shut the power off and reported a possible line down.

Crews investigated and restored power about 15 minutes later.

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