- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 6, 2018

When most of the overhead lights went out during the Washington Capitals’ game against the Toronto Maple Leafs Saturday at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, there was no immediate explanation why. Now we know.

A wind gust caused a nearby electrical circuit to go out for just a second, enough time to knock out the voltage powering the stadium’s lighting, Baltimore Gas and Electric and the Naval Academy athletic department told the Capital-Gazette in Annapolis.

A nor’easter blew through the East Coast last week and temporarily brought into question whether the game would be played at its originally scheduled time. Gusts of wind Friday were measured as fast as 75 miles per hour.

The delay of the game lasted about 15 minutes, a typical length of time for the staff to turn the lights back on.

The storm caused hundreds of thousands of people to lose power, including nearly 50,000 BGE customers in Anne Arundel County, where Annapolis is.


• Adam Zielonka can be reached at azielonka@washingtontimes.com.

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