May 29, 2018 11:17 am
Updated: May 29, 2018 4:40 pm

Power back on for thousands in Kingston after boom truck snaps electrical lines

Boom truck snaps overhead Hydro One power lines on Tanner Drive.


According to recent Police report, a boom truck crossing Tanner Drive took out four power lines in Kingston, causing power outages across the city, from Days Road in the west-end, Princess Street in the east and Bath Road in the north.

A photo of the downed power lines on Tanner Drive in Kingston on Tuesday.


A photo of the truck that ran into four power lines in Kingston on Tuesday.


Approximately 9,000 Utilities Kingston customers were impacted.

The municipal utility provider’s director of energy operations, Brad Joyce, says despite the large area affected power was off for less than two hours.

“This affected pretty much half of the city for us in our territory everything pretty much south of Princess street and west of University Avenue was off.”

According to Hydro One, at least 500 of their customers were without power. Hydro One says the power came back on for its Kingston customers just after 2 p.m.

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The downed lines caused a small grass fire near the hydro pole on Tanner Drive, and fire crews were able to extinguish the fire without incident.

Kingston police are investigating the incident.

Const. Mike Rice is trying to determine what caused the south-bound truck’s boom to become snarled in the overhead electrical lines.

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“We don’t know right at this point whether or not it was a driver error, forgetting to put the boom down, or just mechanical and it let go.”


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