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Outages leave thousands in the dark

A power outage left parts of Ironton, Coal Grove and eastern Lawrence County in the dark yesterday.

Robert Carter, a supervisor with American Electric Power, said a power line running along South Third Street in the area of Lorain and Wyanoke Streets burned out and fell to the ground.

American Electric Power Spokesman Ronn Robinson said about 1,000 Ironton and Coal Grove customers were without power for about an hour while the line was re- strung.

The customers that were affected were on the Wyanoke circuit at the Pleasant Street substation. Power went off around noon and service was restored by 12:59 p.m.

In Ironton, the city's fire department assisted in blocking traffic along South Third Street between Ashtabula and Wyanoke streets while repairs were being made. Robinson said it is not known what caused the power failure in the eastern end of the county. It affected 3,900 customers in parts of Chesapeake, Proctorville and Crown City. Service was restored there in about an hour and a half.

Robinson said there have been several spotty outages throughout Southeastern Ohio this week.