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    There's been a very large power outage in L.A. caused by a worker who cut some type of line. Could you even imagine being the guy responsible for that mistake-definitely a very sinking feeling in the pit of his stomach, I would think.

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    http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la...home-headlines

    Large Portion of Los Angeles Loses Power
    By Sharon Bernstein
    Times Staff Writer

    2:26 PM PDT, September 12, 2005

    A wide ranging power outage caused by an accidently cut cable darkened large sections of downtown Los Angeles and many parts of the San Fernando valley shortly after noon today, authorities said.

    Lee Sapaden, a spokesman for the county Office of Emergency Management, said the massive power failure was caused after an employee "inadvertenly cut a power cable" at a DWP substation in West Los Angeles.

    The outage dimmed much of downtown Los Angeles and other parts of the city, Burbank, Glendale and the southest San Fernando Valley, Sapaden said.

    Police were put on full tactical alert, with numerous reports of traffic accidents because of street lights being out. As a result, slow traffic was seen on some major thoroughfares.

    Many office buildings went to back-up generators for their power, including DWP headquarters and City Hall.

    Elevators went out in high-rises along Wilshire Boulevard where some workers reported getting stuck.

    Los Angeles International Airport lost power, but its emergency generator kicked in promptly, and no flights were affected, said Harold Johnson, an airport spokesman.

    Downtown high-rises went dark, fire officials said they received reports of people stuck in elevators, and stoplights went out at intersections across the city. Some neighboring cities also were affected.

    The Police Department went on "full tactical alert," meaning no officers were allowed to leave work when their shifts were over.

    The blackout came a day after ABC aired a videotape of a purported al-Qaida member making terrorist threats against Los Angeles and Melbourne, Australia, on the fourth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

    Heavy power usage can lead to blackouts. But the weather in Los Angeles was not unsually hot Monday.
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    The ironic thing is the same thing that caused this is what caused the Great Blackout of 2003 in New England. Breaking one wire, just ONE wire and it cascaded the entire grid into failure. All the other circuits instantly overload. Switches across the system open up. Power plants shut down. How is it that in 2005, one wire can break and set off such a cascade of events??

    Can anyone in the LA area shine some light (pun intended) on what type of power plants LA DWP uses?
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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