UPDATE: 3:53 PM PSE&G says power has been restored to an estimated 23,000 customers in Essex County. A spokeswoman says the outage was caused by a breaker failure at Veterans Hospital in East Orange, which led the East Orange and West Orange substations to shut down.
UPDATE: 2:51 PM: PSE&G reports that between 500 and 2,000 customers in West Orange and an equal number in South Orange are without power right now. Its power outage map shows between 5,000 to 10,000 customers in Newark and an equal number in East Orange also without power.
UPDATE 2:17 PM: BNN is now reporting, via PSE&G, that the power outage extends to Western Newark, South Orange, West Orange, East Orange and southern parts of Orange, with police departments setting up traffic control at major intersections.
We have several reports that power is out in West Orange, following an earlier report from
Breaking News Network that a worker was electrocuted while working in a furnace at 50 Paris Circle in West Orange.
BNN picks up its reports from the police scanner, but the West Orange Police Department have not been able to confirm the electrocution report. A West Orange police detective, a tipster and a worker at Jerry’s Artorama in Essex Green all confirmed the power outage, which apparently is widespread.
We’ll update as we hear more.