Power cut leaves 800 properties in the dark in Aberdeen city centre

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Blackout: Union Terrace was left in the dark after a power outage on Tuesday.Joi Ito

Around 800 properties were left in the dark on Tuesday morning after a power outage caused a temporary blackout in Aberdeen city centre.

Traffic lights on Bridge Street and Union Terrace stopped working and power was down for around 45 minutes in the city centre.

Scottish Hydro Electric confirmed that a fault had been reported at around 9.45am on Tuesday affecting around 800 properties in the city centre.

A spokesperson said: "After 45 minutes we managed to restore power to 400 properties and we are continuing work on the remaining buildings affected. Engineers are on site and we hope to restore full power by around 11am.

"Currently we are unaware as to the cause of the power outage as our priority is our customers, but we will be launching an investigation into the issue soon.

"We would like to apologise to our customers for any inconvenience caused and we would like to thank them for their patience."

Scottish Hydro Electric Power Distribution later confirmed that all properties had their power restored by 11.30am.

Members of the public were originally worried that a fire had broken out and fire engines were deployed to the area following a reported ‘burning smell’ from a bank on Union Terrace.

A spokesperson for Grampian Fire and Rescue said: "We were called out to a smell of burning from Lloyds Bank on Union Terrace. Three fire engines were deployed but the cause of the burning smell was due to a power surge and the engines have now returned."

A spokesperson for Grampian Police said they were aware of the issue.

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