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Clarendon-Courthouse Power Outage Blamed on Substation

by ARLnow.com January 31, 2011 at 9:05 am 1,820 6 Comments

Much of Clarendon and Courthouse was in the dark Saturday night, at the peak of dinner and drinking time.

The 76-minute power outage forced restaurants like Fireworks in Courthouse to close for the night, while it drove business to other establishments where the lights stayed on, like Adams Corner and Spider Kelly’s.

Dominion spokesperson Le-Ha Anderson said 9,500 customers were affected by the outage, which occurred when a piece of equipment failed at the company’s substation at 3245 Wilson Boulevard.

One Twitter user reported: “I was at Northside [Social] when the transformer blew right behind the building. Big flash + bang, lots of smoke in the street.”

“Crews swiftly replaced it and we had all customers restored quickly,” Anderson said.

  • BallstonDude

    Can you imagine the chaos in the streets if the bars in Clarendon were closed?

    • Clarendude

      Actually, they all came to my house 🙂

      Now I can tell them to next time pick up a growler at WF before heading over !

  • Lights going out at Northside probably didn’t slow the service down.

  • Sunny617

    It’s amazing how much tolerable the outage became after I was able to look on Twitter and see a TBD report that Dominion was already working on it and would have it fixed within an hour. Enjoyed reading by candlelight…but was happy to know it wasn’t an all-night-into-next-day thing like Pepco people deal with!

  • Virginia^2

    I was at Woodgrill for the first time and pretty excited about a nice fat steak with gorgonzola, had waited at the bar for more than 45 minutes (I swear I had never seen it that crowded) and, just when my table was ready and the buzzer went off for about a second, the power was gone.

    It was dark as far as I could see down Wilson towards Courthouse – I think 3, Circa, and Hard Times formed the border line with power. Hard Times was miserably packed; I guess everyone had the same idea I did. I think the power was back up within about an hour but it looked like quite a few places had closed for the night. That’s a pretty big revenue hit, given the timing of it.

  • CW

    It’s a little late for this comment, but just to have it on the record…I was walking in front of Liberty Tavern, facing the substation, and it arced very nicely – bright green, thunderous boom, and lots of smoke. I’ve seem pole-mounted transformers go many times before, but this was big!

    Could have been worse:


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