Sparking pylon in Patching causes more than 100 blackouts

A FAULT on power lines caused blackouts for more than 100 houses in Patching on Sunday night (April 1).

The cause of the problem was traced to a piece of equipment on the overhead cables, located on The Street, Patching, and it caused 101 houses in the area to lose electricity, with more people reporting “flickering lights”.

Electricity supplies went down at 11.03pm, and UK Power Networks engineers restored supplies to the majority of customers within six minutes, but 45 had to wait until 1.41am to be reconnected.

The company said it “apologised to customers for the inconvenience that this caused”.

West Sussex Fire and Rescue were called to the scene just before midnight after reports that a pylon was on fire.

A spokesman said: “The pylon was out on arrival, and we do not believe there was actually a fire but think that the pylon was arcing.”

Arcing is caused when electricity flows between two surfaces separated by a gap.

UK Power Networks later confirmed the problem was at a wooden pole – part of the electricity network, and not a pylon.