Underground fire causes Hollywood blackout?

http://blogging.la/archives/images/2006/09/manholefire-thumb.jpgPower was out today in the Outpost and Franklin area of Hollywood from about noon til 4pm.

Word was that a neighbor was walking his dog along Outpost and watched as a manhole cover exploded upward followed by a fireball. Sounded intresting enough, so I walked around the block to see if there was any corroborating evidence, and sure enough the DWP guys were there taking a peek. One guy was pointing what I suspect was either a temperature gauge or gas detector into a manhole. When I came in for a closer look, I saw what appeared to be burn marks around the hole (as seen in the pic from my camera phone).

Alas, the DWP website isn’t currently working – possibly too much traffic from others looking to find out exactly what happened.

Anyone else encounter a power outage on this hot late summer day?

One Reply to “Underground fire causes Hollywood blackout?”

  1. David:

    As fate would have it, the City’s Information Technology Agency took many (if not all?) of the City webservers off-line for a few hours this holiday weekend to perform routine maintenance.

    Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

    Brian Humphrey
    Firefighter/Specialist
    Public Service Officer
    Los Angeles Fire Department

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