LA plant explosion sparks widespread power outages (VIDEOS)

Latest news

    View the original article: https://www.rt.com/usa/395787-la-fire-power-cut/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS

    A power plant explosion has left large areas of Los Angeles without electricity, affecting homes, businesses and even vital infrastructure like traffic lights.

    The outages hit more than 140,000 homes and businesses in the San Fernando Valley Saturday, the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) confirmed.

    “LADWP apologizes for the inconvenience and appreciates customers’ patience as we work to restore power as safely and quickly as possible,” the department said.

    The LADWP has since restored electricity to about a third of those affected, however 94,000 remain without power and it’s not known when their supply will be fully restored.

    The explosion was reported shortly before 7pm local time Saturday. The LA Times reports that firefighters arrived on the scene to find a huge container of mineral oil, which is used as a cooling agent for electrical equipment, engulfed in flames.

    The LADWP said that the power was intentionally cut to allow firefighters to battle the blaze. Firefighters managed to get the blaze under control Saturday night. No injuries have been reported.

    LA Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said firefighters rescued dozens of people who were stranded in elevators at the power plant during the incident.

    The power cut comes amid a heatwave in the area, with temperatures hitting a sweltering 100 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) in the Valley.

    The power outage sparked a flood of reaction online as people affected sought to entertain themselves on battery-powered devices and share their power-cut hardships.

    In the same category are

    ‘Nazis didn’t let Jews leave,’ AG Sessions says replying to border ‘concentration camps’ comparison US Attorney General Jeff Sessions made a viral gaffe as he disagreed with comparison of the Trump administration’s immigration policies to that of Naz...
    ‘Americans should be true to their constitution & stop persecution of Julian Assange’ It is extraordinary that a country which historically claimed to be the champion of free speech seeks political persecution against an editor who publ...
    ‘Tragic to see innocent children caged like animals’ – Corbyn slams Trump’s immigration policy Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn took a swipe at US President Donald Trump as he blasted his policy of separating migrant children from their families as “...
    Twitter rages after Fox host Laura Ingraham calls child detention facilities ‘summer camps’ Twitter has erupted after Fox News host Laura Ingraham offered an original take on the Trump administration’s family separation policy on the US-Mexic...
    ‘I want to attempt to kill Theresa May’: London man planned suicide attack on PM, court hears A London man was arrested by police, just days before he planned to carry out a suicide attack against UK PM Theresa May in Downing street, having tol...
    Russia rejects US demands to free convicts as propaganda and double standards US authorities have no moral right to demand the release of convicted inmates, because Washington itself has been convicting Russian citizens in viola...

    Leave a comment

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.