1,200 Westfield customers were left in the dark

Lightning hit wires on Rt. 20 in Westfield

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – 1,200 Westfield Gas & Electric Company customers lost power Friday night after a possible lightning strike hit some power lines.

Westfield Gas & Electric dispatcher Chris Anner told 22News that an insulator burned out just before 7:00 p.m. Friday.

“Initially we had twelve hundred customers without power on Rt. 20, East Mountain Road and Springdale Street neighborhoods,” said Anner. “We restored power to 800 and hope to have everyone back online soon.”

A Westfield Police Dispatcher told 22News officers were directing traffic at an intersection on Rt. 20 where the traffic lights were not working. That was in the vicinity of 167 Springfield Road, not far from the Walmart.

There were no injuries related to this outage. Power was restored to everyone, and police cleared the area around 10:00 p.m.

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