Bad fuse causes brownout

A blown fuse left thousands of people in Boulder City without 50 percent of their power for nearly an hour Monday morning.

According to Rory Dwyer, Boulder City electric utitlity adminstrator, the city first experienced the problem at 8:37 a.m. when a 69,000-volt fuse went out at one of the city’s electrical substations near Adams Boulevard and Avenue B.

Two-thirds of residential customers in the area near the substation lost half of their power until 9:24 a.m. Dwyer cited old age as the reason for the blown fuse. He also said the 50-year-old substation is one of the oldest in Boulder City.

The fuse was replaced.