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Brief power outage hits downtown L.A. [Updated]

September 13, 2011 | 10:20 am

Government buildings, businesses and residents in downtown suffered a brief power outage Tuesday morning although the cause of the disruption was not immediately known.

The outage, which hit the immediate downtown area including City Hall, Los Angeles Police Headquarters and the Los Angeles Times and spanned north to at least 6th Street, lasted about 10 minutes and included power surges, according to officials with the Department of Water and Power and the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The number of customers affected was not immediately available nor was the exact coordinates of the area affected by the disruption, DWP officials said.

[Updated at 11 a.m.: At least 3,166 customers lost power in the outage. The power went out at 9:24 a.m. and was out three minutes before being restored, DWP officials said. The cause of the outage is under investigation.]

The Los Angeles Fire Department received calls about people being stuck in elevators but did not have details.


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