Reporting Mike Schuh
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ)— A massive power outage in Annapolis still has many people talking Friday morning. That’s because it created a light show across the sky. Some were wondering: is it the end of the world?
Mike Schuh has the very latest.
Well, it wasn’t the end of the world. But many thought it may have been because of the timing. BGE says two main lines servicing the area were disrupted, and that’s what caused the city to go dark.
Caught on camera: flashes of light across the skies of Annapolis around 9 p.m. Thursday, startling those who witnessed it.
Some thought it was fireworks. Some a light show. But according to BGE, those flashes signaled a major electrical power failure.
The timing couldn’t have been more strange– Friday is the end of the Mayan calendar and rumored end of the world.
At the height of the outages, about 70,000 homes and businesses were in the dark.
The police department called in extra manpower to help with traffic control and to assist people getting in and out of the Annapolis Mall.
And although most of the city was in the dark, it didn’t keep many from posting videos and comments on various social media sites, talking about the unusual lights.
Annapolis Mayor Josh Cohen was one of those people on social media. He was Tweeting out updates on the power outages all night.
The main areas affected were Annapolis, Westgate and Cedar Park.
Anne Arundel Medical Center was operating on a generator and everything was stable there.
At last check, almost all of the power outages had been restored by Friday morning.