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Blackout: With lights on, life returns to normal in Yuma, Ariz.

September 9, 2011 |  4:52 pm

At Rumors Sports Bar and Grill in Yuma, Ariz., talk Friday had already shifted to subjects other than the blackout as TVs blared football and afternoon shows.

Bar Manager Carol Mullally, 46, of Yuma said the lesson she learned was how necessary electricity is to function. "If it wouldn't go back on, there would be total chaos," she said.

Mullally said she would not want to be the person who made the electrical switch error, but at the same time, she sympathizes.

"How could it be one person who did all that?" she said. "It's weird."

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Shirley Windsor, 76, a bar patron who lives in nearby Dateland, Ariz., said that her area was spared Thursday but that she is used to outages.

"This time we were lucky," she said.

A couple of weeks ago, Windsor said, she suffered through an 18-hour outage brought on by summer monsoons. She said the small town is tight-knit.

"That's what I like about the community," she said. "Everybody does check on you."

A couple of minutes later, the lights in the bar flickered, to growls from patrons.

"If we have a deja vu of yesterday, it will be really weird," Mullally said. "I brought extra candles today. Just in case."


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-- Nicole Santa Cruz in Yuma, Ariz.