More than 1,200 Ameren Illinois customers were without power on Wednesday afternoon. Power in the downtown Belleville area went out around 4:40 p.m.
The outage left many downtown businesses dark and turned many intersections with stop lights into four-way stops. The Belleville News-Democrat was among the businesses that lost power. The power at the newspaper was restored after about 20 minutes.
Ameren Illinois spokeman Brian Bretsch said a piece of equipment inside the Lincoln Street substation tripped which caused a 20-minute outage for approximately 1,230 customers.
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