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Ward Avenue opened, power restored after utility pole falls

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:17 a.m. HST, Jul 06, 2013

Honolulu police reopened Ward Avenue and Hawaiian Electric crews restored power to 4,000 customers after a utility pole fell on Lunalilo Street Thursday night.

Utility crews were still working on Lunalilo Street Friday afternoon. Ward Avenue reopened at about 1 p.m., Honolulu police said.

Police closed Ward Avenue in both direction from Kinalau Place to Green Streets and Lunalilo Street is closed between Victoria and Emerson streets after the pole fell and as repairs continued overnight into the morning.

The power pole fell at about 9:15 p.m., just after the fireworks show at Ala Moana and as thousands of people were returning home.

A Hawaiian Electric Co. spokeswoman said about 4,000 customers initially lost power. Service was restored to about 1,600 customers within 30 minutes and by 10:30 p.m. about 2,400 customers remained without electricity.

A spokeswoman said electricity for all customers was restored by 6 a.m.

After Hawaiian Electric Co. crews finished replacing the pole and restoring its service, other utility crews continued to work at the scene.

The pole did not fall because of a car accident, police and Hawaiian Electric Co. said. The utility is investigating the cause of the outage.

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DAGR81 wrote:
You forgot the what ...what caused the knockdown.
on July 5,2013 | 12:50AM
sonoma808 wrote:
As it said in the article, "The pole did not fall because of a car accident, police and Hawaiian Electric Co. said. The utility is investigating the cause of the outage."
on July 5,2013 | 01:33PM
go4it wrote:
The pole was "J walking" and jump out in front of a car !!!! RIP Mr. Pole
on July 5,2013 | 05:14AM
allie wrote:
was it knocked down by a drunk driver?
on July 5,2013 | 06:06AM
nitrobreath wrote:
No. Ever heard of the little buggers called "Termites?"
on July 5,2013 | 08:11AM
honopic wrote:
No, it was knocked down by an addicted blogger who had her face in her dumbphone and walked right into the pole. Sierra Tango Foxtrot Uniform.
on July 5,2013 | 08:29AM
localgirl2 wrote:
Ok, this is now the second one in a few weeks. There was another in Kahala as well with lesser impact of people without power. WHO pays for the replacement costs of workers as well as the new pole. I certainly hope it's not the company if it's caused by a careless person? Would love to hear that answer! Heco is great however having men on the ground shortly thereafter!
on July 5,2013 | 07:27AM
Anonymous wrote:
Those HECO guys risk their lives every day to keep our lights on.
on July 5,2013 | 07:46AM
Kalaheo1 wrote:
That's swell, but it'd be nice if they actually inspected and replaced their termite eaten poles BEFORE it becomes a life threatening crisis in the middle of the night.
on July 5,2013 | 08:01AM
engineersoldier wrote:
This has nothing to do with the workers, it is clearly a management and leadership issue. There is no preventive maintenance program and no accountability.
on July 5,2013 | 08:10AM
allie wrote:
agree..way overpaid management..ineffective
on July 5,2013 | 10:07AM
go4it wrote:
Why don't they use metal poles instead of wood.
on July 5,2013 | 01:20PM
tiki886 wrote:
My lubb porr my girlprend ish mo strrong den da telepone pole.
on July 5,2013 | 02:22PM
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