Not long after the firework display, Almuñécar suffered a power cut, dampening the biggest night of its fiestas.
Local businesses are far from amused; just when visitors and residents alike were ramped up to hit the town, half of it – the town centre – disappeared in a blackout.
Fortunately, Plaza Blas Infante, where the fairground is, was not affected.
However, the town’s main paseo, El Altillo, was plunged into darkness for two hours. The lights on this emblematic paseo are turned off during the firework display to give it greater effect. When it had all finished, they tried to put the paseo back onto the electricity grid, the centre of Almuñécar suffered a black out and the paseo lights stayed off, as well.
According to Endesa, the power failure began at 00.57, affecting 4,000 electricity users in the centre and west of the town. The cause, says the company, was a cable running under the Cuesta del Carmen.
“Within eight minutes we had 20% of the problem sorted out, with the entire problem sorted out within one hour, 40 minutes,” the company spokesman explained.
However, for the paseo, which is the town’s main nightlife hub, that was too long for many of the revellers; when the power went, the paseo bars were packed to the gills by the time that it finished, it was another story.
Even the Virgin de la Antigua, which was on its way back to the church, had to be carried through darkened streets.
The Town Hall has opened its offices to business owners that wish to register a complaint for damages (loss of earnings) in the following areas: Altillo, Plaza de Madrid, Avenida Andalucia, Plaza Kelibia (another nightlife hub), Plaza Damasco and Avenida Juan Carlos I.
(News: Almunecar, Costa Tropical, Granada Andalucia)