Los Angeles Police Department headquarters, shown, was without power Saturday after a city crew cut into a sewer line. The Los Angeles Times, seen behind the LAPD building at left, was also affected.
Los Angeles police headquarters and the neighboring Los Angeles Times building were without electricity briefly Saturday after a city crew accidentally cut power during an excavation project downtown.
A Department of Water and Power crew digging for maintenance broke a sewer line at First Street and Broadway (map), workers at the scene told City News Service. That caused a power failure in the immediate area.
Police dispatchers work out of other buildings, and it appeared that emergency services were not immediately affected by the outage, which occurred at 1:09 p.m.
LADWP tweeted that power was quickly restored, with police headquarters getting electricity back at 1:37 p.m., and the LA Times at 1:45 p.m.
Before that, emergency power had been keeping one elevator in the police headquarters working.
A security guard at The Times had said that building was blacked out as well.
Office buildings to the south did not appear to have any problems, and government buildings to the north were closed for the weekend.
Traffic lights in the area were working, and it did not appear that there was a widespread power outage.