Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

Pacific Power said it's still trying to determine why the electricity went out and a power line dropped on a local sidewalk Thursday afternoon.

At 5:16 p.m., residents in the area of 2nd and A streets reported hearing loud noises and came out to find a power line down.

Crescent City Fire and Rescue Chief Bill Gillespie arrived first, followed immediately by police, who kept people from walking near the downed line. A Pacific Power worker showed up in minutes to move and repair the line.

Pacific Power Spokesman Tom Gaunt said Friday morning about 20 customers were without service but power was restored to them by 6:21 p.m.

Gaunt said a fuse had blown nearby but no other evidence was found to indicate the cause. No further problems were reported.

Pacific Power cautions that If you see a downed power line, don't touch it. Call 911 immediately and then call 877-508-5088.

“Keep everyone, including pets, out of the area,” the Pacific Power website states. “You cannot look at a downed line and determine if it's live."

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