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150 homes zapped

Power surge zaps appliances in Scotia homes

Rhena Marhafer MacDonald, of 127 Lark St. in Scotia heads to the curb with a dehumidifier that burned out due to a power surge in the area on Saturday. She lost two coffee pots also in the surge.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Rhena Marhafer MacDonald, of 127 Lark St. in Scotia heads to the curb with a dehumidifier that burned out due to a power surge in the area on Saturday. She lost two coffee pots also in the surge.
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Pam Yagielski spent nearly two hours wondering whether her Lark Street home was going to burst into flames Saturday. Late in the afternoon, the neighborhood lost power and she could hear loud popping noises coming from the utility poles. Inside her home, the electrical outlets sizzled and her appliances popped. “We were wandering around trying to make sure nothing was on fire,” she recalled Monday. National Grid initially warned residents of some outages throughout the ...

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dan
September 24, 2013
8:19 p.m.

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I'm wondering how items plugged into surge protectors fared. The main reason we buy surge protectors is to protect our electronics from surges like these. This is a great real-world test to see how well things did that were plugged into the protectors vs those that weren't.

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