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Breaker trips, causing entire city to go dark
Wednesday, July 21, 2021
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A fault in a breaker that ties Ruston to its outside power source failed Monday night, plunging the city into darkness for a little over an hour.

Public Works Director John Freeman said Tuesday morning crews were still trying to determine exactly what caused the breaker at the Jefferson Substation on U.S. 167 north to trip.

“Our breaker opened up. We had a fault in the phase, so that phase opened up and protected itself,” Freeman said.

The power went out around 9:30 p.m. and was back on citywide by shortly after 10:30 p.m.

At the time of the outage, the temperature in Ruston was down to 73 degrees which allowed homes to remain cool until power was restored.