failure causes power outage
The lights went out in Yellow Springs last Friday afternoon, Nov. 8, when
Dayton Power & Light equipment malfunctioned at the companys
substation on Snypp Road.
The power outage lasted from 3:40 to 4:46 p.m. During that time, as Yellow
Springs police directed traffic beneath nonfunctioning stoplights, villagers
all over town stopped talking on phones, watching TV and working on their
The equipment, a three-phase breaker, was apparently tripped when a capacitor
bank located on Fairfield Pike shorted out. Miami Township Roads Supervisor
John Finn, who was working in the Miami Township garage near the Village
substation on Fairfield Pike, saw a large explosion when the
short occurred, Kelly Fox, a member of the Village public works crew,
Although Miami Township Fire-Rescue personnel were dispatched to the site
of the explosion, they were not needed, said Fox.
The Village immediately contacted DP&L. Since Village personnel cant
work on DP&L equipment, they were forced to wait until the DP&L
crew arrived to fix the breaker before it could be turned back on and
power could be restored in Yellow Springs.
Village employees did make ourselves available for any assistance
they may have needed, Fox said, but none was required.