A problem with a Roberts Court utility pole on Thursday morning left 1,362 Kentucky Utilities customers without electricity and rendered two sets of stop lights unusable for more than an hour and a half, according to a KU representative.
The official company report states that the outage resulted from an animal interfering with the utility pole.
“When there is an issue, it shuts everything off,” the representative said, explaining that the mechanism is something like that of the breaker box in your home.
Several bystanders heard “a loud pop,” come from the KU box at the Roberts Court utility pole at 11:04 a.m., the time the outage began.
Many residences and businesses, including the Grayson County Sheriff’s Department, were affected, and the traffic lights at the intersection of West Walnut Street and North Main Street were out as well as those located at the intersection of North Main Street and Mill Street, where confusion was apparent.
The outage affected more than one-third of KU’s Leitchfield customers.
According to KU, power was restored to most of the affected customers at 12:34 p.m., with the remaining 588 customers receiving power again at 12:49 p.m.
Leitchfield Fire Department responded to the scene due to initial reports that the utility pole may have been on fire.