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Underground Electrical Explosion Leaves 6,000 Without Power

The explosion didn't cause any surface damage and no injuries were reported.

An underground electrical explosion left 6,000 residents without power Sunday evening, according to the Union City Police Department.

The incident occurred around 4 p.m. when a 600-amp three-way switch exploded and caused a fire underground in the area of Alvarado-Niles and Hop Ranch roads, police said. The fire was contained under four large metal plates bolted to the sidewalk and did not reach the surface.

Officers responded to the scene to find smoke coming from several metal plates on the sidewalk and notified PG&E.

According to police, there was no damage to the sidewalk or road and no injuries were reported. Only one motorist in the area reported body and windshield damage to his vehicle.

The cause of the explosion was unknown as of 11 p.m. Sunday.

PG&E estimated that 6,000 residents lost power due to the explosion, but all service had been restored by 11 p.m. Sunday.

PG&E is continuing to repair the switch and expects to be finished by 9 a.m. Monday.

Ron April 16, 2012 at 05:05 PM
As we talk about emergencies and being prepared for them, we should all know that electiricity will be what many of us rely on most. So, in addition to your food and water, be sure to have an electric generator as part of your package.
Davis April 16, 2012 at 07:34 PM
@Ron, you bring up a good point. RV owners in this city are generally scorned for having them parked in the neighborhood. Most RV's have generators. (mine is 7.5KW) In an emergency such as a prolonged power outage I would drive the 5 miles to the storage area and pick it up to supply my "good neighbors" with power to sustain their refrigerators and freezers. I generally keep my tank close to full so I can keep them alive for several days. Just something for those cronic bitchers to think about!

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