GOULDSBORO, Maine — More than 1,500 Emera Maine customers in eastern Hancock County lost power early Wednesday afternoon, possibly because of a downed utility pole, according to officials.

According to a prepared statement from the electrical power distribution company, 1,527 customers had lost power in the vicinity of Winter Harbor and Gouldsboro. Emera officials said there were unconfirmed reports that a broken utility pole may have been responsible for the outage.

Gouldsboro and Winter Harbor fire departments were sent out about 11:45 a.m. Wednesday to investigate a report of a possible explosion and flames in the woods off Old Route 1, near the intersection of Route 1 and West Bay Road. Dispatchers indicated a utility pole had fallen over on the road, but it was not clear why. They said there was no indication that a vehicle may have struck the pole and knocked it over.

Emera spokesman Bob Potts said Wednesday that Emera crews were working to replace the pole and were hoping to have power restored by 5 p.m.

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