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Power Outages Hit NCSU, Downtown Raleigh

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A construction accident is to blame for a power outage that affected parts of North Carolina State University and much of downtown Raleigh Wednesday afternoon.

A crane being used by a construction crew at an N.C. State apartment complex near Western Boulevard hit a power line just after 12:30 p.m., affecting power from the Method substation, which serves the campus and downtown.

Progress Energy said power was restored to more that 300 downtown Raleigh customers -- including state government buildings, the Wake County Courthouse and the

News and Observer

-- about 30 minutes later.

During the outage, Raleigh fire crews removed people trapped in an elevator at the courthouse.

Power was fully restored to the campus by 3:30 p.m.

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