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Downtown Phone Service Goes Out

August 1, 1985

CINCINNATI (AP) _ More than 7,500 telephone lines were disconnected in Cincinnati when construction workers accidently cut through major telephone cables.

The outage at 11 a.m. Wednesday cut at least five cables that serve thousands of customers, including the Procter & Gamble Co. headquarters. The workers were digging a foundation for the entrance to Cincinnati’s expanded convention center.

Cincinnati Bell spokesman Chuck Shawver said Wednesday that it would take a few days to fix the cables. About 45 percent of the telephone lines were back in service today.

Lines at some city offices and a fire station were cut, but emergency repair crews bypassed the break and put mobile telephones in the fire station by midafternoon.

Mark McKillop, development officer for the convention project, said the telephone cables were marked on architectural drawings for the center.

″The contractor was informed to be cautious in that area. For whatever reason, they were digging there and made an unfortunate error,″ McKillop said.

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