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Power cable forces Derbyshire music festival evacuation

  • 27 July 2012
  • From the section Derby
Power firm worker fixes cable
Image caption No-one was injured when the cable snapped

A Derbyshire music festival site was partially evacuated after a live overhead power line snapped.

Three hundred people were led to safety after the cable fell into a camping area at the Rock and Blues Old School Weekend at Coney Grey Farm in Pentrich.

The incident happened near Ripley shortly after midnight.

No-one was injured and fire crews installed a cordon in the area while Western Power Distribution worked on the problem.

About 3,000 people are thought to be attending the three-day event, which was expected to go ahead as planned.

Station Manager David Crowther, from Derbyshire Fire and Rescue, said: "An electrical cable fell from an overhead pylon striking the camp - it was a lucky escape for a lot of people.

"There is still a risk and we have put in place a 1,500 sq m cordon around the area to keep everyone safe."

Stallholder Aly Hushaq said: "We thought we were being attacked or that something had happened like a petrol bomb going off."

Clive Thomas Jackson, lead singer of the group Doctor and the Medics, who was hosting the event, said: "The crowd was as good as gold - you could say the atmosphere was 'electric' - and it got a huge cheer.

"No one was hurt or injured."

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