Transformer explosion causes power outage in Brooklyn

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Friday, March 1, 2019
Transformer blast knocks out power in Brooklyn
Josh Einiger reports on the transformer explosion in Brooklyn.

DYKER HEIGHTS, Brooklyn (WABC) -- A transformer explosion caused a power outage in a Brooklyn neighborhood Thursday night.

Firefighters responded just after 8 p.m. on 86th Street and 10th Avenue in Dyker Heights.

A 27,000 thousand volt power line gave way from a pole and plunged to the pavement.

Over 1,200 customers were left in the dark in the immediate area but power was later restored. No injuries have been reported.

According to City Councilman Justin Brannan, the boundaries of the outages were 80th - 86th Streets between 7th Avenue and 12th Avenue.

He had already been calling on Con Edison to bury the power lines there.

"It's just an average February cold night and we have power lines coming down, what's going on?", said Brannon. "We've gotta do something about it."

Con Edison is investigating the cause of the explosion.


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