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Southern California power station erupts in fireball

April 11, 2020 GMT
A fireball erupts after an explosion at an electrical substation in Burbank, Calif., Friday, April 10, 2020. The explosion and subsequent fire caused brief power outages but no injuries were reported, authorities said. The blast before noon caused a transformer fire at a Burbank Water and Power substation that sent up a thick black cloud of smoke and took about 30 minutes to douse, police and fire officials said. (KNBC-TV via AP)
A fireball erupts after an explosion at an electrical substation in Burbank, Calif., Friday, April 10, 2020. The explosion and subsequent fire caused brief power outages but no injuries were reported, authorities said. The blast before noon caused a transformer fire at a Burbank Water and Power substation that sent up a thick black cloud of smoke and took about 30 minutes to douse, police and fire officials said. (KNBC-TV via AP)

BURBANK, Calif. (AP) — An explosion at a Los Angeles-area electrical substation sent a fireball into the air and caused brief power outages Friday but no injuries were reported, authorities said.

The blast before noon caused a transformer fire at the Burbank Water and Power substation on Lincoln Street that sent up a thick black cloud of smoke and took about 30 minutes to douse, police and fire officials said.

The fire was contained to the transformer building and no nearby homes were damaged, authorities said.

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The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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