Explosion at power substation rocks Burbank neighborhood

A power transformer exploded in the 2100 block of Pacific Avenue in Burbank on Friday, causing a small fire that required several residents to be evacuated from surrounding homes.
(Burbank Leader)

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.