Object caught in powerline causes outages throughout Brainerd

Power should be restored later this afternoon, according to Brainerd Public Utilities officials.

Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

Brainerd Public Utilities employees are working to fix a large-scale power outage across Brainerd Wednesday afternoon, June 2.

Lights at least flickered for many residents in the city just before 3 p.m. Wednesday and went out all together for others.

BPU Superintendent Scott Magnuson said the details were still fuzzy, as crews were working to fix things and restore power before determining what exactly happened. But he said he believes some sort of of object — perhaps a kite, umbrella, canopy or something similar — blew into a powerline near Jimmy John’s and Starbucks in northeast Brainerd and wreaked havoc on the transformer and various insulators throughout town.

Magnuson said he isn’t sure if the whole city was affected or not, though the BPU outage map showed at least 230 customers out throughout the city as of 3:30 p.m.

Power should be on by about 4 p.m. for customers south of Washington Street, Magnuson said, while those north of Washington will likely have to wait a little longer.

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