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Baltimore and BGE mark 200th anniversary of first gas street lamp

Leaders from Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. and City Hall rededicated a lamp there Tuesday, 200 years to the day after the pole was first lit in a preview of the eventual illumination of streets and squares across the city. "At that time, gas lighting was innovation," said Alexander G. Nunez, a BGE senior vice president for regulatory and external affairs. "It was smart energy." Baltimore was the first city outside England to adopt gas street lights. (London in 1807 was the world's first.)

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