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Power Outage Affects 3,222 Homes in North Concord, Martinez

Movie watchers at the Solano drive-in were interrupted by a power cut Monday evening, and downtown Martinez was completely dark, possibly due to a blown transformer. Power was restored completely at 12:05 a.m.

Parts of North Concord and Martinez were plunged into darkness around 9:05 p.m. Monday evening by a power cut. According to PG&E spokesperson Tamar Sarkissian, the outage affected 3,222 homes before power was restored completely at 12:05 a.m.

The manager at the Solano Westwind Drive-In, which lost power to its movie screens, said that the problem was caused by a blown transformer. Residents in the area reported seeing a bright light that may have been the transformer exploding.

Neighborhoods by the Concord Civic Center experienced flickering lights. Downtown Martinez was also apparently in pitch darkness, although lights remained on at the Marina.

PG&E initially estimated a restoration time of between midnight and 12:30 a.m., according to the PG&E power outage map.

"We apologize for the inconvenience, and worked as quickly and safely as possible to restore customers," Sarkissian said.

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Chris Bryant October 02, 2012 at 05:57 AM
Lucky us!! Armando's was not affected and we all enjoyed a night full of music at Jonny and Scotty's open mic!
Harriett Burt October 02, 2012 at 06:25 AM
I was watching "Half a World" on PBS with a friend when the lights went out in my downtown home at about 9:10 p.m. They came back on about 10:40 just as I finished putting batteries in a few more push lights and trying to find news about what was going on ---KCBS wasn't helping but Patch has come through big time with the timely explanation of what was going on...only problem, I don't have a battery operated computer...does this mean I need an I Pad? (fully charged at all times of course). Sigh, it's hard to be effectively modern at my age. But the music kept on at Armando's. That's good news.

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