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Brief Power Outage Affects East Hampton, Springs Thursday Afternoon

About 7,800 customers had power restored within 20 minutes.

About 7,800 customers, includes houses and businesses in East Hampton Village and Springs, experienced a power outage on Thursday afternoon, according to the Long Island Power Authority.

Vanessa Baird-Streeter, the spokeswoman for LIPA, said the outage "incident" occurred at 1:30 p.m., and service was restored at 1:48 p.m.

"I don't know the cause, but it's under investigation," she said. She could confirm that it was not caused by an accident involving a pole.

Lieutenant Tony Long said dispatchers were told it was a problem at a substation.

He said the few calls were received regarding the outages, mainly alarms going off. Some traffic lights went out. He said police and traffic control officers responded to the traffic light on the corners of Newtown Lane and Cooper Street and the two lights on North Main Street and Collins Avenue.

Stephanie Tekulsky of said the side of Newtown Lane that her business is located only momentarily lost power. "It was off and then on again in under a minute," she said.

However, across the street Bernard Kiembock at said they only lost power for about 10 minutes.

At the , power was lost for about 10 minutes. John Loehr, the postmaster, said he was getting the generators ready when the lights came back on. "The post office remained open," he said.

The reportedly lost power for a matter of seconds.

At on Springs-Fireplace Road, a worker there said they lost power for about 15 to 20 minutes. Meanwhile at , power was only lost for about five minutes, and at the outage lasted five to 10 minutes.

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