A late afternoon power outage left more than 20,000 customers in the Erie area without electricity on Tuesday.
The incident occurred on a September day that, for many, was the hottest day of the summer, a day in which power use had spiked in many areas.
About 100 customers were still without power just before daybreak Wednesday.
Although the actual blackouts occurred only as far south as McKean Township, flickering lights in the Oil City area early Tuesday evening may have been a by-product of the Erie power outage. The incidents coincided with reports of sparks flying from an electric station near State and East Second Streets in Oil City. One theory was that the redirection of electricity to meet Erie’s needs may have been related to the Oil City occurrences.