Wednesday January 2, 2013

Berkshire Eagle Staff

LEE -- A short circuit in the town's electrical system on Wednesday morning caused some 1,400 Western Massachusetts Electric Co. customers in Lee to lose power for about 45 minutes, according to WMECo.

The utility's spokeswoman, Priscilla Ress, said the short circuit in the system caused a large circuit breaker, known as a recloser, to shut down. A recloser is a safety device designed to protect an electrical system and will shut down if a fault occurs within that network, Ress said.

The utility is investigating the cause of the short circuit, she said.

Power went out at 10:27 a.m. and was restored to all the affected customers by 11:14, according to WMECo. The outage occurred in the vicinity of Marble Street, which is southwest of the town's center.