Lights Go Out at Christiana Mall for Hours

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Wednesday, Dec 11, 2013  |  Updated 6:10 PM EDT
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100 stores in the Christiana Mall in Delaware lost power this morning. It's slowly coming back on, but this is the second time that the mall has lost power since Black Friday.

NBC10, Tim Furlong

100 stores in the Christiana Mall in Delaware lost power this morning. It's slowly coming back on, but this is the second time that the mall has lost power since Black Friday.

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A partial power outage at the Christiana Mall left shoppers and stores in the dark for more than five hours and it's not the first time that's happened this holiday season.

Delmarva Power confirms the large mall, located off of I-95 in Newark, Del., had power service disrupted at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. 

A power cable, owned by Delmarva, that runs under the mall's parking lot failed leaving 100 stores and a number of corridors without electricity, officials said.

Power was restored more than five hours later at 3:30 p.m. Had the electricity not been turned back on by 5 p.m., the mall was prepared to close for the night because it would be too dark out to safely operate.

This is the second time a power outage has affected the mall.

An outage on Black Friday left many of the stores without electricity, forcing some to close up shop for some time.

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