THE Christmas lights went out in South Tyneside after a bright spark got his lorry tangled up in them.
A lorry drove along King Street in South Shields, at about 2.30pm yesterday.
However, it was too tall to pass safely underneath the festive lights that adorn the street.
A small section of the lighting, next to Greenwoods, was pulled down by the lorry’s roof and shoppers had to swerve to avoid it.
It’s thought the lorry, which came on to the street from Ocean Road, was delivering goods to the market.
Workers from Balfour Beatty were soon at the scene to fix the lights, which were officially turned on last Saturday by popstar Michelle Heaton.
A spokesman from South Tyneside Council said: “Our CCTV control room detected the incident and reported it immediately to the street lighting team.
“The appropriate procedures were put into place and we notified our lighting partners, Balfour Beatty, who dispatched a specialist engineer to deal with the necessary repairs.”