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McAdenville’s stories lights temporarily knocked out

By Cleve R. Wootson Jr.
cwootson@charlotteobserver.com

An out-of-control car crashed into a telephone pole on Saturday night, blacking out the town of McAdenville and its famous Christmas light display.

But a day later, the operators of the McAdenville-Christmastown website wanted travelers to know all was well. Just after 5 p.m. Sunday, they posted: “THE LIGHTS ARE ON TONIGHT.”

It’s still unclear just how many people drove to McAdenville to see the lights and instead found a dark town. About 600,000 people come to McAdenville each year. The Saturday before Christmas is always a big draw, with traffic on Interstate 85 stopped or slowed for miles.

But on Saturday the warnings popped up on electric signs well north of the town. The lights were out.

Duke Energy estimated there were more than 1,500 outages in the town. The power was out until about 12:30 a.m. Sunday.

The display runs through Dec. 26. The lights come on at 5:30 p.m. and are turned off on weeknights at 9:30 p.m.

Wootson: 704-358-5046; Twitter: @CleveWootson
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