PEARL RIVER - Students at schools in Pearl River were sent home early today because of a massive power outage.

Mike Donovan, spokesperson for O&R Utilities, told News 12 that the outage was caused by an equipment failure at the Pearl River substation.

School officials say the power went out just before 9 a.m. Thursday at the Franklin Avenue School and Evans Park Elementary. Administrators decided it was best to have an early dismissal because there was no heat as a result of the outage.

Donovan say the substation was repaired quickly, and power to the schools. Power was restored to 1,600 homes in Pearl River around 10 a.m.