SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Some 3,500 customers of AEP-SWEPCO were without electricity for a time on Super Bowl Sunday.
A problem with a transformer at the company's North Market Street substation resulted in some equipment damage, company spokesman Peter Main said.
A KSLA News 12 viewer reported seeing a puff of smoke coming from the substation that's immediately north of the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant in the 1600 block of North Market.
Others reported having heard what sounded like an explosion.
AEP-SWEPCO crews have since restored service, according to the utility's outage reporting map.
The outage impacted businesses, traffic lights as well as residences in the area of North Market Street.
Service also has been restored to some areas of Blanchard that also were impacted by the outage.
Earlier this evening, that map showed almost 2,700 still without power. Those included:
- 1,775 in the vicinity of Interstate 220 at Grimmett Drive/Old Mooringsport Road (status: estimated restoration 9 p.m.)
- 837 in the area of I-220 just west of North Market Street (status: restored)
- 70 in the vicinity of Grimmett Drive and Hawn Avenue (status: assessing condition)