Power restored in downtown Fredericton after plastic wrapped around lines causes outage

N.B. Power crews restored power after an outage that lasted about four hours.  (Mike Heenan/CBC News file photo - image credit)
N.B. Power crews restored power after an outage that lasted about four hours. (Mike Heenan/CBC News file photo - image credit)

About 6,100 N.B. Power customers in Fredericton were without power for four hours Friday morning.

Utility spokesperson Marc Belliveau said the outage began around 4:30 a.m. after "a large piece of plastic" flew out of a truck on the Vanier Highway and somehow wrapped itself around transmission lines.

The outage affected most of the downtown area.

He said while crews were removing the plastic and reconnecting the power line, "the substation on Aberdeen tripped several times."

Power was restored around 8 a.m.

The City of Fredericton said City Hall delayed its opening until 9 a.m. Friday.

Provincial government offices in the area delayed opening until 9:30 a.m.

Anglophone West School District said George Street Middle School and Connaught Street School both lost power.

However, since N.B. Power estimated power would be restored between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m., both schools planned to open at their scheduled times.