There was a brief power outage in Witherspoon Hall on Thursday at around 3:45 p.m.`
An ice melt system that keeps snow from collecting on the steps experienced a short circuit, University Spokesperson Martin Mbugua explained in a statement. As a result, the building’s main circuit breaker tripped, which it’s designed to do, Mbugua said.
It took the University staff about 45 minutes to isolate the circuit that was having an issue and then to reset the breaker.
The power was completely restored to Witherspoon Hall at around 4:30 p.m.