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Jacksonville had a Christmas Eve power outage

Christmas Eve, the town of Jacksonville went black from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. Christmas morning. There was nothing on or in the news that I could find about it. What happened?

— Ann J., Jacksonville

You weren't seeing things or dreaming, Ann. A good chunk of the town's electric devices — Christmas light displays among them — took about a 5-hour break Christmas Eve into early Christmas morning.

Pacific Power spokesman Tom Gauntt tells us the outage started right about when you said it did: 8 p.m. It affected about 1,800 Pacific Power customers in Jacksonville.

The outage obviously didn't affect those who were already sleeping and had visions of sugar plums dancing in their heads, but if you were just popping in that DVD of "It's a Wonderful Life" or "A Christmas Carol," your plans got upended.

Company officials aren't sure of the cause but said it likely happened when power lines collided, causing a short. What caused the lines to strike is the mystery.

All power was reportedly back by 1:03 a.m. Hopefully Santa was carrying a good-sized flashlight in that sack of his during the interim. You know what they say about being prepared.

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