Bullet hole may be cause of island-wide blackout
MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (AP) -- A bullet hole may have been a factor in a
four-hour island-wide power outage in Jamaica, the utility said Friday.
An apparent bullet hole was discovered in a principal cable after the blackout
Wednesday evening on the island of 2.6 million people, the Jamaica Public Service
The hole may have weakened flow in the cable, one of the major
electricity-carrying lines leading out of a main plant in Kingston, the capital, the
statement said. It was unclear when or how the cable, exposed where it crossed a
gully near the plant, could have been punctured by a bullet.
The damaged section was turned over to police for evaluation, the utility said.
A flaw in a separate underground line linking the Kingston plant to an
may have also been a factor.
Electricity was returned to Kingston and tourist areas the night of the
the whole island had power by Thursday, but some areas could still have
intermittent outages, Friday's statement said.
Earlier this year, the Atlanta-based Mirant Corp. acquired an 80 percent
stake in the
Jamaica Public Service Company. The Jamaican government retained a 20 percent
Many parts of Jamaica, including Kingston, some 130 kilometers (80 miles)
southeast of Montego Bay, have had frequent blackouts during the summer as the
utility struggles to keep up with demand.
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