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Power outage shuts down part of Koreatown

October 17, 2010 |  2:42 pm

Los Angeles traffic officers shut down a three-block stretch of 3rd Street in Koreatown on Sunday morning while city crews struggled with a power outage and a series of inoperative traffic signals, officials said Sunday.

Firefighters responded at roughly 10:26 a.m. to the 300 block of South Alexandria Avenue after receiving reports of an explosion in an underground vault. Kim Hughes, a spokeswoman for the Department of Water and Power, said there was no explosion but there may have been smoke from an underground cable that failed, knocking out power to roughly 2,700 customers.

The outage prompted traffic officers to close a section of 3rd Street between Normandie and Kenmore avenues while traffic signals were reset. By 2:20 p.m., the street had been reopened and all but 20 DWP customers had their power restored, Hughes said.

-- David Zahniser