power restored in LAPD headquarters

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – Los Angeles police headquarters and the Los Angeles Times buildings lost power when a city crew apparently dug into a sewer line on Saturday.

A Department of Water and Power crew digging an excavation for maintenance broke a sewer line at First Street and Broadway, workers at the scene told City News Service. That caused a power failure in the immediate area.

Police dispatchers work out of other buildings, and it appeared that emergency services were not immediately affected by the outage, which occurred at 1:09 p.m.

Emergency power had been keeping one elevator in the police headquarters working, but power had been restored to the rest of the building by 2 p.m., police said.

A security guard at The Times said that building was blacked out. Office buildings to the south did not appear to have any problems, and government buildings to the north were closed for the weekend.

Traffic lights in the area were working, and it did not appear that there was a widespread power outage. DWP said power was restored by switching the affected buildings to different circuits.

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