A component in the Physical Plant substation caused a power outage on campus Tuesday for nearly 90 minutes, a university official said.
Electricity went out about 5:45 p.m., affecting 19 buildings mostly on the east side of campus, according to University Police. Among them were Student Services, the Phyllis P. Marshall Center, the College of Business, College of Education, Communication and Information Sciences and several residence halls including Betty Castor, Beta and Kosove.
UP said two people were stuck in elevators when the outage occurred, one in Beta Hall, the other in CIS. But no one was injured during the outage, police said.
Once the electrical fault was located, the circuit breaker was reset, said Siva Prakash, associate director for Physical Plant.
“It’s not something you can predict,” said Prakash.
Generators in all the buildings affected during the outage worked properly, Prakash said. And Physical Plant workers had electricity restored by 7:15 p.m., he said.
“Just in time for Buffy,” said freshman Holly Allen, a Betty Castor resident who sat outside with a friend until the lights came back on.
- Kevin Graham