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At left, the undefeated PCMS softball team played football against another team in Highway 19 during the black out delay of the parade. Center, PCHS softballer Alexis Hayes and (far right) the Pirates’ football team were decked out in black and red.

Homecoming parade ‘blacks out’ parts of Pike

Friday Night’s theme for the Homecoming football game against Upson-Lee is ‘Blackout the House’ and everyone is supposed to wear black to the game. The theme got started a little early. Sunday afternoon’s Homecoming parade blacked out all of Zebulon – including the sheriff’s office and 911 center – as well as other parts of Pike County with service through Georgia Power.

The blackout happened when tinsel streamers shot from a handheld cannon during the parade got caught in a power line and caused an explosion. At one point, there was a wire thought to be live that was across the Pike Billiards parking lot. The parade was haulted as crews worked to restore power. 

The blackout lasted around two and a half hours and the incident knocked out power and some phone service.

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