A map of the approximate outage area, where 7,724 households were affected. Those shaded red were restored within 20 minutes, while 201 customers in the purple-shaded area were without power until 9 a.m.

A map of the approximate outage area, where 7,724 households were affected. Those shaded red were restored within 20 minutes, while 201 customers in the purple-shaded area were without power until 9 a.m.

As many as 7,724 Con Edison customers along a broad swath of Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend and Manhattan Beach were left without power this morning after an electrical line snapped.

The first reports of power outages hit the utility company at 7:16 a.m., a Con Edison representative told Sheepshead Bites. The company was able to respond quickly, bringing power back online for 7,523 customers within 20 minutes. But another 201 customers, largely in Manhattan Beach, remained without power until 9 a.m.

The outage affected thousands of households between Avenue R and Oriental Boulevard, and between West 7th Street and Knapp Street. While most saw service restored quickly, Plumb Beach and Manhattan Beach residents from Voorhies Avenue to Oriental Boulevard, and from Pembroke Street to Brighton 11th Street saw the longest delays in restoring electricity.

Con Edison said a downed power line caused the outage, but has not yet said where the power line was, or what caused it to fail.

If you know the location of the downed power line, please share with us in the comments.

UPDATE (11:51 a.m.): Con Edison just informed us that the downed power line was on East 19th Street, just north of Voorhies Avenue. They still could not say what caused it to go down.

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  • Guest

    There was a transformer fire on east 19th street between Voorhies and Jerome that sparked up (no pun intended) a lot of commotion with the police and FDNY taking up the block. Happened around 6am with a couple of loud pops and bangs.

    • Guest

      Exactly right. I watched the whole thing from my window. It was pretty scary. I didn’t know what was going on until the FDNY showed up.

      • http://www.sheepsheadbites.com/ Ned Berke

        Apparently I slept through it (and maybe I overslept because my alarm didn’t go off? Hmmm). We’re neighbors, folks. ;)

        • sadeyes

          I live in the pink (red) area & my power stayed on, definitely. No blinking digital clocks when I got up, nada.

          • BOSBay

            Same here.

    • Arnie the K

      I have lived on that block for over 20 years. It is a quiet residential street. I heard a series of four loud bangs at about 10 minute intervals beginning at 6 a.m. I thought that bombs had expoded. The Fire Department was on the scene quickly. Con Ed arrived at about 7 a.m. and worrked until after 9 a.m.

  • Christina

    I heard the explosion all the way on Haring Street. Sadly I’m more annoyed than frightened when I hear things blow up now… this has been happening for years!!!

  • Barbara

    Their graphic is off. I live on the north side of the Belt Parkway, just east of Nostrand and I had power back in 20 minutes.

    And yes, like Christina says, it’s been happening for years. It’s usually a transformer on Ave Y and 22nd though. How do I know? Because family members live there, hear the explosion and then call us and tell us our lights are going to go out and they do. It’s almost funny. Used to happen at least once every 6-9 months. It’s been our joke that we’re plugged into the grid with an extension cord. Con Ed must have switched over to a heavy duty extension cord to plug us in because it doesn’t happen as often now, maybe only once every 12-18 months.

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