Manhole blast causes outage in Passaic

August 12, 2011 6:37:03 PM PDT
Power has been restored to hundreds of northern New Jersey utility customers who lost their service after an underground electrical failure that blew out several manhole covers in Passaic.

Public Service Electric & Gas officials say the problem occurred at about 5:30 a.m. Friday.

It left more than 700 homes and businesses without electricity for most of the day.

PSE&G crews spent much of the day repairing sections of underground cable. Service was restored around 6:15 p.m.

No injuries were reported, but the outage cut power to traffic lights.

Several streets were shut down, and some businesses closed early.