The New Night Life of Perth

Wednesday night saw a new bred of nightlife in Perth. First a smell of burning was traced to an underground  electrical juction box and cable, shorted out by the ingress of snow.

First the fire brigade turned up, closing the access to West Mill Street. Then the electrical contractors. Shortly followed by a large digger and trucks to start clearing snow from the roads and around the taxi ranks and bus stops.

Smoke from the smouldering cable drifted across the square and roads, backlit from the flashing lights of the contractors vehicles. With temperatures dropping rapidly work began to repair the cable. An entire block of Perth in darkness as the power was cut off.

Despite the conditions Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Hydro Electric got the power back on ahead of schedule, before midnight and people were sparred a cold dark night.

Looking from the darkness of West Mill Street towards the square

From the other side

Snow clearance nearly complete

Photographed using long night time exposure the arm of the digger blurs

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