According to deputy fire chief Bobby Holiday, JCP&L crews were already on scene, preparing to remove pole on the opposite side of White Street, when a contractor cut a dormant alarm-box wire between the two, causing the second pole to snap shortly before 1 p.m.
The work was part of a summer-long streetscape project for English Plaza and a portion of White Street now nearing completion. Above right, a utility crew working on the affected pole on August 27. (Photos John T. Ward. Click to enlarge.)