Blasting blamed for downtown Lexington power outage

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Downtown Lexington has learned to live with what daily blasts at the CentrePointe construction site, but officials say one of the blasts caused some problems today.

Kentucky Utilities officials think the blast knocked power out to more than 1,100 people downtown. They say a tremor opened fuses and as a safety mechanism, the power shut off.

"We go into kind of an emergency mode. We don't open our refrigerators. We don't open our freezers," said Hanna's on Lime owner, Beth Hanna.

"Pay is cut. I've already called people and told them not to come in," she said.

For more than an hour, the people of downtown had to deal with the problem. Dudley Webb told me today's blast is the last big one. He hopes that eases concerns. Mayor Jim Gray's office said lights at city hall flickered but came back on. Phones were also out for 2 to 3 minutes.

The Director of Enhanced 911 in Lexington says the blast disconnected 911 calls in progress. 911 services were re-established almost immediately. The non-emergency police number was restored after just a few minutes.

The power came back just after 11. Beth Hanna didn't have to throw out any food. It went straight to the lunch crowd.

"If it had been another 15 or 20 minutes, we'd have been out of business today," Hanna said.

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