LOCAL : Downtown Dark in Power Failure

<i> From Times Wire Services </i>

A failure of two transformer banks briefly deprived downtown Los Angeles of power this morning, affecting police headquarters, government and office buildings for about six minutes, a city official said.

At about 8:38 a.m., two banks of transformers at a Los Angeles receiving station failed, resulting in a loss of power for substations throughout the downtown area, said Dorothy Jensen, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

“It was pretty widespread. We had 36,000 customers who were affected,” Jensen said. “Automatic rerouting of circuits brought the power back quickly.”