A resident living on School Street just north of Avalon heard a loud pop last Friday, about the same time a bright flash of light came through the front window and illuminated the room.
Outside, someone hauling heavy construction equipment near School and Owyhee streets apparently misjudged the height and snagged the bucket of his backhoe on a power line, nearly snapping the pole in two.
“Right now, we’ve got 33 customers in that area without power,” said Idaho Power Spokesperson Lynette Berriochoa on Friday afternoon, noting the accident occurred at 10:46 a.m., and service was expected to be restored by about 4:30 p.m.
Berriochoa said she was not sure a worker from one of the nearby agencies was hauling the backhoe, or if it was an independent contractor working in the area.
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