Power back on, 32,000 customers affected

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Businesses and homes were left in the dark Wednesday morning after a huge power outage struck northeast Albuquerque.

The area was widespread and PNM says a contractor accidentally shut things down.

Things are back up and running and most customers have power again.

The majority of those affected lost power around 8:47 a.m., and had it back at 9:19 a.m., according to PNM officials.

PNM says a little more than 32,000 customers were affected, including homes and businesses.

Many people said they were in the dark for 30 minutes to an hour before getting back online.

At Vitamin Cottage Natural Grocers, the lack of power caused a few headaches and hiccups. They rely on electricity to keep produce and frozen items at the right temperature.

Around 11 a.m., PNM was able to explain the cause of the outage. It turns out a contractor working near a substation accidentally activated a breaker protection system, thus shutting off the power.

This outage made for a scary situation at the Hyatt Motel at Uptown where people were stuck in an elevator. The power came back on shortly after.

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