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Power problems hit L.A. traffic signals, TV stations

June 14, 2010 |  4:48 pm

Scattered power interruptions caused problems at more than two dozen intersections across Los Angeles on Monday afternoon.

The intersections had their power source blocked and many went to flashing mode, causing some traffic jams. According to the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, the affected intersections were scattered across the city, not focused on one geographic area.

A spokesman for the Department of Water and Power said the problem might have been caused by a voltage dip in the system. There have been no reports of widespread power outrages in the city. The DWP is still trying to get details on what happened.

Additionally, sister stations KCBS Channel 2 and KCAL Channel 9 had their signals go off this afternoon. But it was unclear whether that was related to the problems with the traffic lights.

-- Andrew Blankstein