Nova Scotia Power investigating damage to underground equipment in Dartmouth

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This image shows an area of Portland Street in downtown Dartmouth blocked off with police tape on June 26, 2021. (Jean Laroche/CBC - image credit)
This image shows an area of Portland Street in downtown Dartmouth blocked off with police tape on June 26, 2021. (Jean Laroche/CBC - image credit)

Nova Scotia Power crews are investigating after some underground equipment was damaged in downtown Dartmouth on Saturday morning, leaving nearly 1,400 customers without electricity.

Halifax Regional Police had blocked off an area of Portland Street after reports of a "loud banging noise" and smoke coming from an underground substation hatch.

Fire crews were also called to the scene just before 9 a.m. AT.

"We got called to an underground Nova Scotia Power hatch in front of the art gallery," said Halifax district fire chief Lloyd Currie.

"The police were on scene before us and they could hear some loud banging noise and then the power went out."

The outage was caused by a faulty underground transformer that shorted, an email from Halifax police said.

Jean Laroche/CBC
Jean Laroche/CBC

Power was restored to almost all 1,400 customers just after 11 a.m. AT.

"There are still approximately 45 [customers] without power related to the damage to the underground equipment," Kathryn O'Neill, a spokesperson for Nova Scotia Power, said in a text message at 12:20 p.m. AT.

"Crews continue to be on site and working to restore power as quickly as possible."

Estimated restoration time for the remaining outages was 3:15 p.m. AT.

Police and fire crews had left the area by Saturday afternoon and the street reopened.

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