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Published August 29, 2011, 07:27 PM

Power Restored to All But 15 South Grand Residents After Underground Cable Failure, Transformer Explosion

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Some south Grand Forks residents were left in the dark Monday night after an underground cable failure and transformer explosion.

By: Rick Abbott, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Some south Grand Forks residents were left in the dark Monday night after an underground cable failure and transformer explosion.

Judi Paukert, community relations manager for Xcel Energy says the cable failure knocked out power for about 300 customers at about 4:45 p.m. in the Circle Hills Drive area.

Paukert says all but 15 customers had power restored by 8 p.m. She expects the remaining 15 to have power back by midnight.

Paukert didn't know as of 9:45 p.m. if the cable failure and transformer explosion were related, but an online outage map listed as many as 1,450 customers affected at one point Monday night.

Norm Baumgarn saw the transformer, which was on his property, explode on S. 40th Ave. around 7 p.m. Baumgarn said he heard a sound like a firecracker at about 4:30 p.m. and he lost power in his home. He said he later heard a loud bang and saw a flash of light outside his front window.

Baumgarn said black smoke was coming out of the transformer after the explosion.

Multiple residents also reported power surges around the city on Monday.

An Altru ambulance did respond to the area, but was cleared in about 10 minutes.

More information is expected Tuesday as to the specific causes for the various outages.

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