It looks like you're using an Ad Blocker.
Please white-list or disable AboveTopSecret.com in your ad-blocking tool.
Some features of ATS will be disabled while you continue to use an ad-blocker.
SOURCE: KSTP News Minneapolis MN
Equipment Failure Leaves 11-Thousand People In The Dark
Xcel Energy says an equipment failure left some 11-thousand people in the dark Tuesday morning in St. Paul.
The power company says the equipment outside of St. Joseph hospital failed sending thick black smoke and some flames into the air. The fire was small and was quickly extinguished.
The failure happened at 11:00 A.M. and crews were able to restore power by noon.
The outage impacted the hospital and the State Capital, but there were no reports of any problems due to the power failure.
Xcel says they are not sure what caused the outage.
Power systems: weak power grid fluctuations can occur.
Spacecraft operations: minor impact on satellite operations possible.
Other systems: migratory animals are affected at this and higher levels; aurora is commonly visible at high latitudes (northern Michigan and Maine)**.
A one-year research project led to the discovery of 730 transformer explosions in the USA only.