Newark outage

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Widespread power outage in Newark after underground cable fire

October 21, 2018 - 10:57 am

NEWARK, N.J. (1010 WINS) -- Parts of Newark are still in the dark after an underground cable fire knocked out power to most of the downtown area Saturday afternoon

Shortly before 3 p.m., Newark firefighters and police responded to reports of smoke in the area coming from manholes on the streets.

Several streets were then knocked into the dark and Newark Mayor Ras Baraka said the power would be out for at least 24 hours.  

Roughly 1,500 customers, including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, were left without power. A concert by Grammy-winning guitarist Eric Johnson had be canceled at the venue.

According to PSEG, a cable failure caused the fire. No injuries were reported and crews were in the area inspecting other electrical facilities.

“Estimated restoration times will depend on the extent of the cable damage,” PSEG said in a statement. “We will provide restoration times as soon as our assessment is complete.”

Some customers had power back by 4 a.m. Sunday while others waited until 7 a.m. Some customers were told they may have to wait even longer.

“There may just be a few, perhaps two or three, customers who many not get power back until later,” said PSEG spokeswoman Karen Johnson.

Already, power has been restored to the Performing Arts Center and Seton Hall Law School.

ay have to wait even longer.