Originally Posted by zappy
Is it possible the power outage sent a surge and just ruined some lights and nothing else??
Sure, anything's possible. What did you have, voltage wise, at the handhole or on top of the canopy? One doesn't normally think about burned up underground conductors or burned up fixtures after an outage, but certainly surges related to a catastrophic outage are not unheard of.
Did you check the line and load side of the contactor? Reason I ask is because your control circuit that was pulling in the contactor is quite likely another circuit entirely that's not even related to supplying power to the lighting, but just happens to be used to pull in the contactor.