Thursday Night Power Outage Darkens Downtown Berkeley

By Richard Brenneman
Friday March 27, 2009 - 02:35:00 PM

A two-hour power outage dimmed the lights for 7,393 Berkeley residents and businesses Thursday night, starting at 10 p.m. and ending just before midnight. 

Pacific Gas & Electric East Bay media liaison Tamar Sarkissian said the outage was caused by an equipment failure and darkened most of downtown Berkeley and nearby residences. 

The last customer was back on line by 11:50 p.m., she said. 

Loss of power darkened at least one theater, where Daily Planet drama critic Ken Bullock reports that he and other theatergoers discovered that the old adage about the play going on isn’t always accurate.