A power outage disabled two traffic lights and affected upwards of 334 businesses Friday, according to Xcel Energy.
A customer service agent said the outage occurred at approximately 12:45 p.m. and lasted for 26 minutes.
The cause of the outage was a defective pothead, the agent said. A pothead is part of a power cord, according to Xcel.
The City of Boulder spokeswoman Jody Jacobson said the traffic lights at the intersection of 30th Street and Arapahoe Avenue and at the intersection of 30th Street and Walnut Street were down.
“The police department directed traffic when the lights were down,” Jacobson said.
She added that the lights were flashing for a while.
Bala Singareddy, 23, a masters candidate for telecommunications, said he saw the effects of the power outage in the Engineering Center.
“The lights were flickering,” Singareddy said. “It went on for about five minutes.”
Andrew Howe, 19, a freshman open-option major, said he also saw the effects of the outage in Williams Village.
“The lights kept on flickering in my dorm,” Howe said. “They would go out and be on a second later.”
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