A popular holiday light show in Boothbay came to a sudden end Sunday night when a car struck a utility pole and knocked out power in the area.

The crash took place on Barters Island Road around 4:30 p.m., when a green 2005 Chevrolet Silverado went off the road, struck a “key [utility] pole,” and caused 1,500 Central Maine Power customers to lose power, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Portland-based CBS affiliate WGME.

That was just as crowds had gathered at the nearby Boothbay Botanical Gardens to see “ Gardens Aglow,” an annual holiday event that illuminates the gardens with more than 500,000 LED lights. The light show, which claims on its website to be the largest in Maine, regularly sells out during its Thursday-Sunday shows, which run from 4-9 p.m. until Dec. 31.

The Botanical Gardens canceled Sunday’s event after learning it would take crews several hours to restore power, according to a Facebook post.

Full refunds were offered to ticket-holders.

The driver of the car, Adam Reiecke, was not injured in the crash, Sgt. Mark Bridgeham of the sheriff’s office said.

Central Maine Power had restored power to customers by the morning, according to its website.

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Callie Ferguson

Callie Ferguson is an investigative reporter for the Bangor Daily News. She writes about criminal justice, police and housing.