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Lights out in Ohio on blackout's anniversary

Five years to the day of the largest blackout in North America, the lights went out again in several Cleveland suburbs.
/ Source: The Associated Press

Five years to the day of the largest blackout in North America, the lights went out again in several Cleveland suburbs.

About 15,000 residents in the eastern suburbs of Beachwood, Pepper Pike and Mayfield Heights were in the dark Thursday morning.

Crews were called out about 9 a.m. and restored power to customers a little over an hour later, FirstEnergy Corp. spokesman Mark Durbin said. The blackout was caused by an isolated problem with equipment that connected to a substation in the area, Durbin said.

The substation feeds customers in an area that includes Walton Hills, where the major blackout five years ago originated, but customers in that area were not in the dark Thursday, Durbin said.

The 2003 blackout left 50 million customers in seven states and portions of Ontario without power. The blackout stretched from eastern Michigan and southeast Canada to New York, New Jersey and parts of New England.