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Portsmouth power cut leaves thousands in darkness

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image captionThousands of homes were plunged into darkness
A major power outage plunged large areas of Portsmouth into a blackout earlier this evening.
A fault at a network primary substation caused a power cut to 50,000 homes and businesses across Portsmouth, Waterlooville and Gosport.
The area was without power for 30 minutes from 21:00 GMT.
Scottish and Southern Electric are investigating what caused the fault but the "important thing was to get the power back on," a spokesman said.
One man in Portsmouth posted on Twitter that he had been "evacuated from cinema due to city wide #powercut in Portsmouth. Quite exciting".
Another Twitter user added "even the streetlights were out," with others reporting a loss of mobile signal.

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