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NIE probe as power cut hits shops and homes

By Claire McNeilly

Published 01/05/2015

A fault occurred on the high voltage transmission network in the Castlereagh area
A fault occurred on the high voltage transmission network in the Castlereagh area

Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) has launched an investigation into a network fault that left tens of thousands of properties without power.

The blackout, which occurred in parts of Belfast and Castlereagh around 2pm yesterday, lasted for about half an hour.

The power cut also affected shops and traffic lights in a number of areas for a short time.

A spokeswoman for NIE said the interruption to supplies was due to a fault on a high voltage transmission network.

"NIE engineers responded immediately, starting the restoration process to resupply all customers within 30 minutes," she said. "The cause of the fault is under investigation."

Meanwhile, shops in the Bloomfield Shopping Centre in Bangor, including Poundland, also experienced problems as tills stopped working for a short period.

A man who was in the shop at the time said there were "chaotic" scenes for a short period of time.

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