Friday Facts: Unlucky No. 13, Powerless

fridayfacts_icn:: Northside residents can expect an extra unlucky Friday the 13th today, as electrical power will be cut off for up to two hours in order to repair a transformer on the corner of Garrick Ave. and Riggins Rd. The device was damaged June 26 by would-be bank robber Kevin Sturgiss when he hijacked a city bus and drove it against traffic during rush hour in an effort to evade the National Guard roadblock set up on Clark St.

:: Number of buildings Downtown which skip the 13th in their floor numbering: 2 (The Ansfield Meats Tower, The Walker Consolidated Bldg.)

:: Duration of Tuesday’s partial power outage, affecting the Central Corridor/Downtown, Keets Harbor, North Falls and Roxboro areas: 5 hours, 33 minutes

:: Number of times the entire city has suffered a complete electrical power ‘blackout’: 3 (1967, 1987, 2003)

:: Number of times the blackout originated inside the city: 1 (1987)

:: Number of raccoons electrocuted in a centrally-located transformer leading to 1987’s city-wide blackout: at least 1, possibly 2

:: Amount of electricity needed to kill approximately 2 raccoons: definitely less than 22,000 volts
David Andrews, Shek Baker, RJ White

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2 Responses to Friday Facts: Unlucky No. 13, Powerless

  1. Liz
    July 13, 2007 at 4:58 pm

    Poor raccoons. :-)

  2. Eddie
    July 13, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    I remember where I was in 1987 when the power went out. It happened during a spontaneous rendezvous with a complete stranger in an elevator on the 14th story of Walker Consolidated. It got pretty awkward during the next 11 hours after the elevator got stuck.

    We’d be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary in October, if we hadn’t been divorced in 1992.

    God, I miss her.

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