Transformer failure responsible for explosions in Atlanta

Feb 7, 2019
Posted by Patrick Haddad

Georgia Power has laid the blame for a series of underground electrical explosions in Atlanta on a transformer failure.

Loud explosions, sounds of grinding metal, and billowing smoke could be seen coming from manhole covers in Midtown Atlanta Wednesday.

Firefighters responded to the scene at Peachtree Street and Linden Avenue Wednesday morning. According to officials, a series of underground electrical explosions were reported.

“In those grates and underground is a Georgia Power vault that supplies the power to this area, including the hospital,” a spokesperson for Atlanta Fire and Rescue said. “Once those explosions did happen, it tripped a large transformer breaker system just a few blocks away from here. That cut the power to those transformers which in turn put the fire out, causing the explosions to cease.”

In a statement, Georgia Power confirmed that a transformer failed on Wednesday morning, but said that they believed “the issue is isolated to this single transformer and no manhole covers were blown as reported.”

No injuries have been reported.


Source: Fox 5

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