A lawn mower was responsible for knocking out electrical power to about 10,000 Jones County-area homes for about a half-hour Thursday morning.
Tri-County EMC reported 7,000 customers lost power, while Georgia Power said 3,000 customers lost power. Power was restored by about 9:45 a.m., Tri-County EMC spokesman Lindsay Graham said.
Georgia Power spokesman Jeff Wilson said a safety device tripped in an unusual accident caused by a lawn mower flinging debris into the big power line.
“Apparently some of our independent contractors were mowing under the transmission line, and there was an abandoned phone line buried under some underbrush that was impossible to see,” Wilson said. “When they ran over it, it swung into the line. When it came into contact with the transmission line, it knocked it offline, out of service.”
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Utility crews quickly restored power, he said.