ROXBURY, NJ - The power outage that impacted much of Roxbury on Saturday wasn't caused by anything dramatic, like a Russian electro-magnetic pulse attack over Kenvil.
It wasn't even weather related or initiated by "adrift" foil Valentine's Day balloons caught in power lines (something JCP&L warned about on Valentine's Day).
The lights went out for about 5,500 JCP&L customers due to "circuit issues in a substation," said Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) Senior Communications Representative Cliff Cole. He said he couldn't provide more detail, but made it clear that external factors (user demand, wayward balloons, fallen trees or enemies of America) were not involved.
"It was just an issue with a circuit that had to be repaired," Cole said.
While its cause was nothing particularly exciting, the outage's impact was substantial and fairly long-lasting. First reported at about 12:35 p.m, the problem wasn't fully resolved until 4:45 p.m.
JCP&L says it has 10,024 customers in Roxbury, so the Saturday problem affected more than half of its patrons. And the outage's impact were felt even by those who weren't at their homes or businesses; a number of traffic lights were left out of commission, forcing Roxbury police to direct traffic at major intersections and detour some weekend traffic.