Thousands left in the dark after BGE reports downed power lines

ARNOLD, Md. - CORRECTION: ABC2 News incorrectly state the location of the downed power lines in an earlier version of this article. We regret the error.

Thousands of homes were in the dark Wednesday night after Baltimore Gas and Electric reports downed power lines in Arnold.

Maryland Department of Transportation cameras captured smoke billowing in the area of Route 50 near Ritchie Highway.

While BGE said the downed wires did not produce a fire, a spokesperson for the company explains customers may have seen sparks.

People who live in the area took to Facebook, reporting they heard an explosion.  The utility tells ABC2 that there was not an explosion.  However, customers may have heard a fuse blow because of the gunpowder used inside, BGE says.

Power was restored to the majority of affected customers in minutes, and repair crews were able to get the remaining 150 people back up and running by 9 p.m.

Anne Arundel County Fire Department did not return calls seeking comment.

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