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Workers near Santa Monica City Hall cause power outage

May 16, 2012 |  3:40 pm

About 2,800 Santa Monica customers of Southern California Edison lost power early Wednesday afternoon when construction workers accidentally hit underground power cables.

The outage, which prompted Santa Monica High School to dismiss classes early, began just before noon. It was bounded by Ocean Avenue, North Marine Street, 20th Street and Arizona Avenue. By 2 p.m., electricity had been restored to all but 339 customers, an Edison spokeswoman said.

Shortly after 2 p.m., power returned to the high school, which had been without lights or telephone service.

City Public Works Director Martin Pastucha said electricity was knocked out to less than a fifth of the city when a duct of power cables was nicked by a contract construction crew working on the new Palisades Garden Walk park near City Hall.

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