The power failure that almost sunk the prom


AHS junior girls taking prom pictures at Capron Park/ Photo Submitted

Power down, but the prom must go on.

Late Friday afternoon panic swept across the Attleboro area when a massive power failure brought high school teens getting ready for their junior prom to a standstill.

The power failure, caused when a tree fell on a transmission line in Cumberland, cut power to more than 24,000 homes and businesses in Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk and Rehoboth.

Attleboro High School junior, Emily Saulnier was about to do her hair for prom when the power suddenly went out in her home near Wamsutta Middle School.

If you know anything about prom hair, it takes not only a lot of hairspray and bobby pins but electricity as well, as many girls use hair straighteners, blow dryers and curlers for the perfect do.

With wet hair, Saulnier ran outside to the light where she started her makeup, all the while thinking of a Plan B for her hair.

“I was going to braid it so that once it was dry it would be wavy or at least somewhat close to what I was planning it to look like,” she said.

Luckily for Saulnier, power was restored and she was able to finish her hair and get to her prom at the Taunton Holiday Inn by 6 p.m.

For Attleboro High School junior Gianna Fraielli if the power went out 20 minutes earlier, her hair would’ve been “a complete disaster.”

Immediately after Fraielli put the finishing touches on it, curling her last few strands, the power went out.

“I don’t know what I would’ve done if it went out any earlier,” she said.

AHS senior Andrew Gingras said the power failure was almost a blessing in disguise.

Right when he walked into his date’s home to take photos, all the lights turned off.

“It was inconvenient, but it got me out of taking some photos, which was pretty cool,” Gingras said with a laugh.

But his escape was short-lived as he and his date later joined other prom-goers at Capron Park for a photo shoot.

Across the street from the park, while Gingras and friends wrapped up their photo shoots, businesses on County street were in a panic.

A D&M pizza worker said the restaurant was in chaos as delivery orders had to be canceled due to the ovens not working.

“What an inconvenience,” said the worker who declined to be identified.

“It’s the worst time for something like this to happen.”

Next door workers at Honey Dew Donuts lost several customers because coffee could not be brewed.