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Power sub station blows up in Annapolis, major power outages reported


A major power outage in Annapolis has been reported after two main service lines went down. Glowing lights could be seen from all the city from the power station.

Power has now been restored to an esimated 70,000 BGE customers in the Annapolis Crownsville area.

A BGE spokesperson told NEXTGEN FM that the cause of the incident is still unclear, but the transmission lines do supply power to the Bestgate substation.

Power was cut to a large area from Crownsville to Annapolis. Over 40,000 people are reported without power and many businesses are in the dark.

From BGE

At approximately 9 p.m., we lost service to two main feeder lines into the Annapolis area. Crews are responding to identify the problem and restore service as soon as possible

High wind warnings are in effect and this could certainly delay any restoration work being undertaken by BGE crews.

Call 877.778.2222 to report an outage in your area.

Heavy bands of rain are moving through Maryland and the incident may be weather related officials are saying.

Many on social media are stating the Mayan apocalypse is somehow responsible for the power outage.

Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen kept his sense of humor during the outage, posting this message on Twitter: “Stay calm and collected. It’s not the Mayan apocalypse. I need to get the Market House reopened before the world ends.”

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Video of the power outage


  1. Steve Phillips  December 20, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    The sky glowed purple, blue and yellow for an extended time and then everything went dark. Given all the talk about the Mayan calendar, it had people on edge.

    • Editor  December 20, 2012 at 10:52 pm

      So you were able to get the news on your mobile phone?

      Thanks for stopping by! Stay safe and have a happy 12/21/2012!

  2. Lauren  December 21, 2012 at 11:02 am

    “awesome!” to the guys who got this footage. I hope everyone was and is safe.

    • Editor  December 21, 2012 at 11:18 am

      Hi Lauren!

      Thanks for visiting! It’s weird how their two main feeder lines just “went out”

      Oh well, I guess we’ll have to wait for 2029 for asteroid Apophis. The real doomsday.


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