Ocean City Today

Traffic diverted after power line falls, goes up in flames

By Greg Ellison | Jan 25, 2018
Photo by: Greg Ellison The southbound lanes of Coastal Highway, in the vicinity of 121st Street, were closed temporarily last Friday morning after a downed power line caught fire in the roadway.

(Jan. 26, 2018) Delmarva Power is continuing to investigate what knocked down a power line that caught fire on southbound Coastal Highway near 121st Street last Friday morning.

Nick Morici, senior communication specialist with Delmarva Power, said an inquiry has yet to yield answers.

“The cause is still under investigation,” he said. “The normal stuff, like weather or animals, didn’t present itself.”

In addition to Delmarva Power, Ocean City Public Works, as well as police and fire responders, were on hand to assure no one was injured during the incident.

In some cases, Morici said people discover downed lines and fail to properly distinguish the source.

“If you’re not sure if they are cable of electric lines, don’t guess,” he said.

Morici cautioned the public to exercise caution and always steer clear anytime power lines appear to be knocked down.

“Please always stay away from downed power lines and call 911 immediately,” he said. “Don’t assume the line is not energized.”

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