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CRANE KNOCKS OUT PALMDALE POWER.

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PALMDALE - Electricity was knocked out in much of central Palmdale Thursday afternoon when a construction crane working on the new Palmdale sheriff's station hit a 12,000-volt power line, officials said.

More than 3,700 homes and businesses lost power when the crane hit the distribution line just after 3 p.m., but more than half of those got their power back within 30 seconds and all but 196 of the remainder within 30 more minutes, Southern California Edison spokeswoman Alis Clausen said.

The crane operator was not injured, deputies said.

The outage affected neighborhoods from near Avenue Q to near Avenue S, and from 12th Street East to 25th Street East.

In east Palmdale, Edison crews worked Thursday afternoon on an underground line damaged when someone dug into it.

Edison officials said they planned to turn off power for four to six hours to a neighborhood along 35th Street East south of Palmdale Boulevard to repair the line.

``The hot cable was pulled out of the ground. We have to de-energize it in order to repair it,'' Clausen said.
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Date:Mar 25, 2005
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