VIDEO: Transformers explode during California storm | WFRV Local 5

by: Aaron Tolentino

Posted: Jan 5, 2023 / 09:19 PM CST

Updated: Jan 5, 2023 / 09:19 PM CST

MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — Transformers exploded Wednesday night in San Rafael, California, video obtained by KRON4 shows. The incident happened in the area of ​​Canal and Novato streets.

The video shows the explosions lasted at least 30 seconds.

Photos show aftermath of Wednesday’s destructive storm

The San Rafael Police Department issued a shelter-in-place for residents in that area around 6:04 pm; that was lifted about an hour later. Police said transformers and high-voltage wires that were downed prompted the shelter-in-place as power outages were reported in the area.

Statement from PG&E on the outage:

“At about 6 pm on Wednesday, just as the strongest part of the storm was crossing the North Bay, we did have an issue with equipment that led to a power outage. The preliminary information is that two power lines contacted each other resulting in a transformer failing. We currently have 160 customers without power as a result of that failure and PG&E is working on making the necessary repairs. PG&E routinely inspects its electric infrastructure and makes the necessary repairs and upgrades to prevent these types of power outages.”

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