Explosion at power substation rocks Burbank neighborhood
A transformer explosion at a utility substation in Burbank on Friday briefly knocked out power for thousands of residents and caused a small fire in the area.
The explosion was reported just before noon in the 2100 block of Pacific Avenue and sent a large plume of black smoke into the air.
Around the same time as the explosion, the city also experienced a power surge and brief outage, according to Burbank police Sgt. Derek Green. It’s unclear whether the explosion preceded the surge, he said. It wasn’t immediately clear what caused the explosion.
A request for comment from the Burbank Department of Water and Power was not immediately returned.
Green said the explosion caused a “pretty significant fire on the property,” and homes in the immediate area were evacuated as a precaution while the Burbank Fire Department handled the flames.
Ultimately, no homes were damaged by the fire, and no injuries were reported.
Nguyen writes for Times Community News.
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