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Saturday December 13, 1997

Electric shock

Just before 9am on Thursday morning an explosion shook the area around Brodick Pier, blew the doors off the Hydro Electric switchgear building and lights went off all around the island.

Brodick, Lamlash and Blackwaterfoot units of the fire brigade rushed to the scene although, on arrival, there was no fire and there was little they could do except wait for the experts who were called from the mainland.

Whiting Bay and Kilmory had not been affected but elsewhere rumours quickly spread – probably due to the force of the explosion – that this was a major fault and villages could be without power for days.

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