BREAKING: Blackout cancels night classes at Riverside City College

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Posted: March 3, 2015 | Written by James H. Williams

A blackout on the campus of Riverside City College lead to a number of students being released from their respective classes early at approximately 8:21 p.m. March 3.

After five minutes, the power returned but classes remained canceled as students headed toward their vehicles.

The quad and the lower part of the campus were affected by the blackout. The digital library and the math and science building were not affected.

It was confirmed by a member of the city of Riverside Utilities Dispatch and a member of the city of Riverside Utilities personnel that the power outage was due to an overhead transformer that was de-energized for circuit 1303, located at Commerce Street and Ninth Street in the city of Riverside, which powers City College Road. The transformer was de-energized at approximately 8:15 p.m. because it posed a safety hazard.

Only the lower portion of the campus was affected because the Digital Library, Math and Science building and the Nursing building are powered by a different transformer.

The  transformer has been repaired and power has been restored to the affected buildings at RCC.

Luis Solis, John Villanueva, Steven Smith contributed to this report.