Around 1 pm, a Board of Water and Light spokesman says, crews installing sewers at Shiawassee and Washington unearthed a cable that was sagging because of the work they were doing.
They switched all businesses who get electricity from that cable to another circuit, but Lansing Community College was out for the afternoon.
The Accident Fund building, the Victor Center, the St. Lawrence Campus of Sparrow Hospital, and the downtown Radission all experienced very brief outages while the switch occurred.
This happens on the heels of 3 gas main breaks because of construction downtown. Lansing's city engineer Dean Johnson says they are not the same contractor and not related. He says accidents happen with old infrastructure.
Though the power outage was related to sewer installation, the project is technically the opening of Washington Street from it's old end at Ottawa to Shiawassee instead. It should be finished in October.
The Combined Sewer Overflow project that has caused many of the headaches this summer is also continuing through the summer.