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Who turned out the lights?

Winds and an electrical line fire recently knocked out power for numerous customers in Bureau County.

A thunderstorm moved through western Bureau County early Wednesday afternoon, knocking out power to about 2,100 customers in the Buda, Sheffield, Mineral and Wyanet areas.

Ameren Illinois Spokesperson Leigh Morris said apparently the straight-line winds associated with the storm triggered relay switches which turned off the power, first in Buda at 12:04 p.m., and the rest of the area at 12:26 p.m.

Morris said workmen patrolled the lines and found no damage, so the power was turned back on about 1:30 p.m.

One day earlier, the city of Princeton went black, as an electrical outage knocked out power to all corners of the city Tuesday afternoon.

Princeton Superintendent of Electric Jason Bird said the power went out at 1:37 p.m. when Ameren Illinois lost power in its 138kV line that supplies the city with its electrical power.

Morris said the cause of that power outage was a cross arm on an electric pole that had burned and fallen to the ground, resulting in a short that caused the outage.

Ameren had the power back on by 2:22 p.m., but some Princeton customers had their lights turned on a little bit sooner.

Bird said the banging and smell coming from the Princeton Municipal Utilities building came from the city’s generators being started.

Bird said they don’t have to start the generators very often, and the generators had not had to be started due to an emergency since early last fall.

After Ameren was able to restore power, the electric department turned the city’s generators back off.

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