After a car struck a hydro pole in Mississauga, residents for miles were treated to dazzling flashes of blue and orange light—and then, darkness.
Over 3000 people were briefly without power Wednesday evening following the single vehicle collision, but Alectra Utilities says all the power has since been restored.
A video posted on Twitter showed bright pops of light leading up the blackout, including two distinctly larger flares of light, but Peel Regional Police say there was no explosion or fire. The sparks of light were “the wires shorting themselves when they came in contact with each other,” according to Peel Const. Harinder Sohi.
Police responded to the area of Hurontario St. and Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. around 7:30 p.m. for the report of a vehicle colliding with a hydro pole. There was only the driver of the vehicle in the car at the time of the collision, and they sustained no injuries. Police say there are no charges expected in this case.
Alectra Utilities tweeted just after 8 p.m. that there was an outage affecting 3,259 homes and businesses in Mississauga, stretching from Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. to Dundas St. E. Although the original estimated time of restoration was midnight, Alectra tweeted less than an hour later, at 9 p.m., that all power should have been restored.
Several residents took to social media in that hour to express their frustration, many complaining that they were missing out on the opening NHL game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Montreal Canadiens.
“What a mess. We’re in the dark here,” tweeted Matthew McGilvery.
Another resident, Kathy DeRodriguez, said she was watching TV “and all of a sudden, darkness.”
Several condiminium complexes were part of the affected area, with tenants reporting no power, even after the power was meant to have returned. After numerous residents of 310 Burnhamthorpe Rd. E. expressed their concerns, Alectra tweeted a response, advising them to contact their “property maintenance to reset the building’s main breakers.”
With files from mississauga.com