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Explosion at Lincoln and Idaho puts residents in the dark

Transformer blows up with flash of light

 

August 20, 2016

Transformer explosion at Lincoln &Idaho put one block of residential buildings into a power outage for about an hour and a half tonight. A balloon is visible in this photo on the line

An electrical transformer exploded near the corner of Idaho and Lincoln at 6:56 pm Friday. It was in the alley between 9th Street and Lincoln Blvd, between Idaho and Washington.

Transformer explosion at Lincoln &Idaho put one block of residential buildings into a power outage for about an hour and a half tonight.

Residents heard an explosion and saw a flash of light. Santa Monica fire units responded in force, as they customarily do. The power was out on the block. Edison respondents shortly there after with crews of lineman

It was possible a balloon visible on the line caused the pop and smoke, said one firefighter. At least one firefighter thought so.

"We can arrive earlier than Southern California Edison with our lights and sirens. So we come first to secure the area, make sure there's no fire, and wait for SCE" one firefighter explained to us.

A coupe of hours later, power was restored to the area.

 

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