Raw video: Arcing Powerlines Cause Tree Fire & Explosion
BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Arcing wires are being blamed for a spectacular explosion that took place in this Northern Washington city over the weekend.
"It basically felt like a bomb going off," said Skurdal. The arc caused a power surge, damaging many computers and circuit breakers in the neighborhood. Some 4,500 people were left without power.
The Bellingham Fire Department says it got a call of arcing wires and passed that information on to Puget Sound Energy. Asst. Fire Chief Roger Christensen said the department doesn't typically respond to call of arcing wires unless flames are also reported. In this case, the spokesman said, nobody did.