Electrical Wiring in the Home/Spark at wire


Hi Bill...I took down a small light fixture from the ceiling in my home office.  Was about to put up a ceiling fan with a light at that same location.  I turned the wall switch off that controls that particular light, but forgot to turn the breaker off.  

So when I was about to hook up the new ceiling fan/light...I started sliding the wires through the ceiling fans mounting bracket.  In those 5 seconds it took me to do that a big pop and spark exploded right in front of me. Dumb me realized just then that even though the light switch was off...I'm assuming there probably was some electrical current still hot in one of the wires (maybe the white neutral).  

I can not see any evidence of any damages to any of the wires coming down from the ceiling.  I guess my concern is....could there be any damage to the wiring invisible to me in the ceiling???  I don't wanna put this ceiling fan up for fear of a home fire.

On a side note....all the outlets and switches in the office stayed on during this accident and they ALL still work just fine with computers, lamps, etc. plugged in.

What do you think???
Thank you, Brent

Hi Brent,

It is not likely that you damaged the wire. You should re-do the connections and re=twist the wire. You should also check to see if your circuit breaker tripped. It should have. If not you should replace the circuit breaker. This maybe a job you want to hire an electrician for.  
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