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Downed tree knocks out power to Raleigh neighborhood

Posted July 3, 2015 5:15 p.m. EDT
Updated July 3, 2015 11:01 p.m. EDT

— Nearly 1,400 people in a Raleigh neighborhood lost power Friday evening after a large tree limb fell on power lines, according to authorities.

The limb knocked out power at about 3:45 p.m. to multiple homes on Van Dyke Avenue, near Cameron Village.

Eric Griffith, who lives in the neighborhood, said he heard a loud sound and saw the power poles shaking.

"We were sitting in our living room and we just heard a crash and saw the power poles shake a little bit, then the power went out," Griffith said. "We came outside and all of the neighbors were looking at the tree that fell."

Cynthia Grover said she saw the large limb hit power lines.

"We got to see it finish the fall and do the sparks...we had our own fireworks display out here," she said.

No one was injured, but the limb fell on three cars - all belonging to the same family.

"My husband woke me up and said 'grab the baby and don't come outside,'" Margaret Evans said.

Police did not immediately say what caused the tree to fall, but power was resorted to a majority of the residents within a few hours.