An equipment failure at an electrical substation left thousands of area residents without power in Killeen during lunchtime Monday.

The outage affected more than 22,600 customers, according to the website for energy provider Oncor.

The outage occurred around 12:30 p.m., causing traffic lights to go out and homes and businesses to go dark across large portions of the city. Initially, Oncor’s estimated repair time for fixing the outage was 9 p.m. Monday; however, power was fully restored to customers by 1:15 p.m.

Oncor officials said the outage was caused by an equipment failure at the company’s Park Street substation.

City of Killeen spokeswoman Hilary Shine said city offices were left without power for roughly 45 minutes before service was restored.

“At that time, some of our downtown offices were unable to process requests,” Shine said. “Normal city services resumed after power was restored.”

Killeen Police Department spokeswoman Carroll Smith said the outage also triggered several alarms.

“Anytime you have a power outage, that triggers a bunch of alarms, so (police) ran from one alarm to the next,” Smith said. “They checked any alarms that came in.”

Contact Chris McGuinness at or (254) 501-7568. Follow him on Twitter at ChrismKDH.

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