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Officials: East portion of Tupelo briefly loses power

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Updated: 5/04/2013 1:29 am
TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) -- An explosion in one of the city's substations caused residents in the eastern section of Tupelo to experience a brief power outage Friday afternoon.

Tupelo Water & Light Manager Johnny Timmons said a lightning arrestor exploded and power officials had to cut power at approximately 5 p.m.

Residents were without power for about a half-hour, Timmons said.

Once everything was changed out, power was restored.

Timmons said lightning more than likely hit the arrestor, causing the damage.

Whether that happened Friday or the last time a thunderstorm came through Tupelo isn't known, he said.

Lightning arrestors essentially serve as a much larger, more powerful surge protector for the city's substations, Timmons added.

The one that exploded Friday had been rated for 46,000 volts.
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