About 1,400 customers in South Pasadena were without power Sunday morning, shutting down some businesses and even the Gold Line train station at Meridian Avenue and Mission Street.

The outage occurred at about 7:32 a.m. Sunday and lasted for more than an hour, according to Southern California Edison spokesperson, Caroline Aoyagi. All but 95 customers were restored at 8:32 a.m. with the rest expected to be back on line by 9 a.m., Aoyagi said.

“I had one of our people check the situation and the train station is part of the circuit,” Aoyagi said. The Gold Line was shuttered during the outage and commuters were forced to take alternative methods of transportation. One eyewitness reported seeing “several crews working on lines.”

Some businesses in the vicinity of Monterey Road and Pasadena Avenue were under the impression that the outage was going to last longer and they were going to have to purchase dry ice for the duration to take care of perishable goods. They were told the power to their businesses would be out until tomorrow.

Not so, says Aoyagi. The outage was short-lived and all was restored by 9 a.m. Sunday.

Aoyagi also said they checked if there were any other outages that could be affecting the area.

“We checked back five days and there was nothing,” she said. “This was the only outage and it was only for about an hour and half.”

The cause of the outage is unknown at this time and is under investigation, Aoyagi said.

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Steve Whitmore is the editor for the South Pasadena Review. Steve has spent more than four decades as an award-winning print and broadcast journalist with a 16-year stint as the senior media advisor for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Steve comes to us from the Keene Sentinel in Keene, New Hampshire, where he covered politics and was a columnist.

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