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Question #45810 posted on 06/25/2008 3:01 a.m.

Dear 100 Hour Board,

Why did the power go out campus wide today (6/18)?
- Curious A

A: Dear Curious A,

I tried searching online, but there was (very surprisingly) no real explanation to be found. My favorite was probably this suggestion by Twitter user kelflanagan: "the union that governs electron flow prohibited them from moving, no other particles were willing to cross the line."

However, looking for a more-official answer, I called the BYU operators, who put me through to the electric shop. I ended up talking with Ron Keller, assistant supervisor of the electric shop. He said that there are several new transformers that will be installed in the campus substation in the next few weeks, and in preparation for that they were switching loads in the substation. It turns out there was a wire crossed, and...they found it, clearly. Fortunately, they were able to fix the problem quickly and get the power restored in time for me to finish my final.

—Laser Jock