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Cause of power outage at Utah State campus still unclear

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Posted: Thursday, February 14, 2013 4:17 pm

LOGAN— Concession gates down, computer labs closed, classes dismissed - all thanks to the power outages that plagued Utah State University Wednesday morning.

At approximately 9 a.m., a fault occurred in USU’s electrical distribution system. According to Patrick Williams, director of internal public relations at USU, only five buildings on campus were originally affected, including the Taggart Student Center, the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) building, Widtsoe Hall, the Public Relations and Marketing building, and the Living Learning Community (LLC).

“A team of high-voltage electrical technicians went in and worked on the problem,” Williams said.

And the process of revamping the flawed system caused temporary power loss for multiple buildings throughout campus. No information has been provided regarding exactly which buildings were affected by the “blip,” said Williams, but at least Old Main, the business building, Merrill-Cazier Library, and the agriculture sciences (AGRS) building experienced moments of no lights, no internet, and no café.

Campus was affected by the fault for approximately three hours, and electricity was fully flowing again by noon.

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