Brief power outage caused by ‘bad splice’ on transmission line

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WATERTOWN — The cause of a widespread power outage Wednesday morning that knocked local radio stations off the air during the eight o’clock hour, disabled streetlights and left thousands of homes dark is being attributed to “a bad splice” on a transmission line, according to Jared Paventi, National Grid spokesperson.

“There was an attachment of two lines, and the splice burned out,” Mr. Paventi said. He also said crews were nearby and were able to have “nearly everyone” back online in about seven minutes.

He said that it would’ve taken a lot longer if crews weren’t already nearby.

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