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Power back on in Baton Rouge after mass outage

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Posted: Apr 23, 2014 8:24 PM by Trey Schmaltz
Updated: Apr 24, 2014 7:50 AM
Source: WBRZ

  Rating: 3.0 (4 votes)

Topics: power, electricity, outages, entergy

BATON ROUGE- Power is back on for nearly 30,000 people in Baton Rouge after a widespread outage Wednesday night.

Entergy blamed the mass power outage on equipment failure in a news release Wednesday evening.

The two-line synopsis of what happened came about two hours after services spiraled off line. When it started, only a few thousand were out and by 8:30, outages had tripled.

A spokesperson said the issues was centered on a "major transmission line."

The outage was clustered in three separate, large areas: the Merrydale area, Airline Highway and Florida near the mall and neighborhoods surrounding it, and extreme southeast East Baton Rouge.

A frustrated Mayor Kip Holden called the WBRZ News 2 newsroom to express his frustration with the situation.

"The one thing I'm going to make a point of tomorrow is calling the Public Service Commission," Holden said. He thought the company could have responded faster to the issue, or had a better grasp on what was happening.

Others, though, were bothered but made light of the situation on social media. Twitter users created the hashtag - a way of categorizing Tweets- #BRBlackout.

Entergy even categorized the event as a "major outage."

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