Power restored to 12 downtown L.A. buildings affected by blast

Power was restored Friday to a dozen buildings in downtown Los Angeles that were affected by an electrical explosion in the basement of a high-rise building. 

The Department of Water and Power said that although power has been restored to those buildings, electrical service is still off at the high-rise where the explosion occurred. The agency said crews were working on restoring some service.

Thursday’s blast was reported about 10:15 p.m., with flames and smoke shooting out of the basement of the 19-story building at 811 W. Wilshire Blvd. 

More than 160 firefighters responded and were able to quickly to extinguish the flames.


Officials said the explosion injured at least four people and knocked out power to the surrounding area, interrupting a Shania Twain concert at Staples Center. 

DWP said crews worked overnight and all of Friday to restore power to the 12 buildings.

The cause of the blast and the subsequent outages remains under investigation. 

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