Downed power line in Hoboken leaves over 2,000 without power, closes streets

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A downed power line in Hoboken has left over 2,000 PSE&G customers without power and closed certain blocks near Madison and 7th Streets, where the live wire came down, this evening.

Photo courtesy of Brian Scott.
Photo courtesy of Brian Scott.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

At around 6:40 p.m., the Hoboken Police and Fire Departments responded to calls of a downed power line at the intersection of Madison and 7th Streets, according to the City of Hoboken’s Twitter page – which is providing live updates for residents.

The above image, captured by city resident Brian Scott, shows the fire caused by live electricity shooting out of the power line – which occurred moments after it came down.

By 7:26 p.m., PSE&G had arrived on the scene and had shut off power to the line that had come down before beginning to remedy the situation, according to social media.

When Hudson County View arrived on the scene around that time, the Hoboken Office of Emergency Management and Ambulance Corps had responded to the incident and various blocks were closed between 6th and 9th Streets between Madison and Monroe Streets.

The city also said on Twitter that the fire department responded to five calls of service for stuck elevators.

According to PSE&G, the downed power line caused three separate power outages in the Mile Square City that has impacted 2,024 PSE&G customers.

Their website lists 9:00 p.m. as an estimated time for the power to be restored, though a handful of customers could still be without power until about midnight.