Pepco Replaces Blown Lightning Arrester in Bethesda

A lightning arrester, which is placed throughout Pepco’s electric grid to protect against lightning strikes, failed Aug. 7, causing a power outage to only one customer for less than an hour, according to Pepco spokesperson Ben Armstrong.

The failed arrester and fuse were replaced shortly after the incident near Gallery Bethesda Apartments on Rugby Avenue was reported, according to Armstrong.

Pete Piringer, spokesperson for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue tweeted that there was no fire but debris from the incident injured several bystanders, none seriously.

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Suzanne Pollak

About Suzanne Pollak

Suzanne is a freelance reporter with Montgomery Community Media. She has over 35 years professional experience writing for newspapers, magazines, non-profit newsletters and the web.


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