Monett electric customers along Broadway between 11th and 12th streets experienced a power outage shortly after noon on Wednesday. The top of a utility pole collapsed and the pole flared in flames after the reclosure cut the power. The pole is shown smoldering at left. According to Aaron Burdett, foreman for the electric department, the expoxilator, a type of insulator separating the electrical line from the pole, failed. Electricity bled through, burning the pole until the wood could no longer support the weight on top. After firemen doused the burning pole, shown at right, electric crews set to work replacing the pole. Burdett said 95 percent of the customers on the double circuit main had service restored in the first half hour. The remainder waited until the job was completed around 5 p.m.
[Times Photos by Murray Bishoff]