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.