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Errant peanut wagons disrupt power

By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

November 6, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The city of Leesburg was without power this morning because of two runaway peanut carts.

Leesburg Police had to direct traffic when the traffic light in front of the courthouse went out.

The courthouse, County offices, and about one thousand homes were without electricity for about 30 minutes.

The problem started when a farmer disconnected two peanut wagons to be weighed at the Golden Peanut Company in front of the courthouse. 

 "They got away from him, ran down, and hit the telephone pole and knocked the wires down so we had chaos here for a little while," said Tatum Leverett of Golden Peanut Company. 

Tatum Leverett said the poles sparked when the wires fell, but it wasn't enough to start a fire.

Georgia Power restored power within 30 minutes.

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