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Copper theft to blame for power outage affecting 22,000

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are investigating a copper theft that caused Monday night’s power outage. About 22,000 customers were affected, officials said.

A Duke Energy Progress spokeswoman said the theft happened at the Bernard Creek substation at around midnight.

Power was restored in about two hours, officials said. Areas affected included Kure Beach, Carolina Beach and parts of Wilmington.


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