Fayette County

Thrown stick likely cause of downtown Lexington blackout

A stick thrown into an electrical substation might be why more than 700 people lost power in downtown Lexington Sunday night.

Kentucky Utilities spokesman Cliff Feltham said power went out at 6:30 p.m. and was back on by 7:15 p.m. for about 740 customers on the western part of downtown. He said the problem occurred at the substation between West High Street and Old Frankfort Pike. Officials believe someone threw a stick into the substation, causing the power outage. They are continuing to investigate, Feltham said.