The outage began at 2:46 p.m., caused by equipment failure along the circuit. "It caused the circuit breaker at the substation to open - that's why so many customers were affected," spokesman David Mayne said.
Among the signs of the outage: Traffic signals on Anthony Boulevard between Creighton Street and Rudisill Boulevard are not working, tying up afternoon traffic in the area. The area without power was bounded roughly by Creighton on the north, Rudisill on the south, Meyer Road on the east, and Anthony on the the west, according to the utility.
Fort Wayne Community Schools announced at 4 p.m. that, because of the power outage, the Irwin Elementary School kindergarten and first-grade concert scheduled for tonight has been canceled. It will be rescheduled.