Within minutes- automatic alarms started sounding throughout KC-MO and in Claycomo- a police officer reported "all the street lights went out" and his dispatcher said there was a power surge.
Whatever it was- it seemed to be affecting the entire KCP&L power grid in Metro Kansas City.
Then- at 3:39 a.m.- five companies of Merriam- Shawnee and Overland Park fire companies were dispatched to a fire in an electrical sub-station at 6300 Carter.
That fire was allowed to burn itself out as KCP&L workers shut-off power to the station and re-routed the power supply to the area.
It's unknown if the fire caused the Metro-wide power surge or was a result thereof- but all areas around that station was restored by 4:30 a.m. and there were no more power surges- here at least.