Power company employee caused massive blackout, utility says
APS, which is Arizona’s largest electric utility said a power line was tripped near Yuma, Ariz., at 3:30 p.m. Thursday during maintenance work.
"The outage appears to be related to a procedure an APS employee was carrying out in the North Gila substation, which is located northeast of Yuma," an APS press release said. "Operating and protection protocols typically would have isolated the resulting outage to the Yuma area. The reason that did not occur in this case will be the focal point of the investigation into the event, which already is underway."
San Diego Gas & Electric said it is attempting to begin restoring power in some areas. But they said the outage might last into Friday evening in some areas.
More than 1.4 million people in a large swath of Southern California and beyond were affected as a blackout brought normal life to a halt.
--Shelby Grad and Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Closed pumps are taped off at a gas station in Encinitas, Calif., after a blackout Thursday in San Diego County. Credit: Dennis Poroy/Associated Press