Power restored after transformer blast

June 30, 2009 11:56:42 AM PDT
A PSE&G spokeswoman says power has been restored to most of the 250 customers who lost service after a transformer fire in Newark. Three people were injured when an electrical transformer exploded in New Jersey's largest city shortly before 11:30 a.m.

Tuesday.

Newark Fire Department Battalion Chief Michael Witte (WIH'-tee) says the three were walking over a sidewalk grate when smoke and flames rose up. Witte says none of the injuries was life-threatening.

Public Service Electric & Gas spokeswoman Karen Johnson says many of the affected customers were large commercial and public buildings in downtown Newark, including the federal courthouse.

Officials are not sure what triggered the explosion.


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