Transformer explosion rocks Con Edison plant (Video)

A transformer explosion rocked a Con Edison power station in lower Manhattan Monday night as Hurricane Sandy ravaged the city.

The explosion occurred around 8:30 p.m. just as Con Ed intentionally cut power to customers in parts of Brooklyn and Lower Manhattan in an effort to protect equipment and ease post-storm restorations.

Con Ed has since confirmed the incident, saying the blow-out was the result of a substation equipment failure. Further details were not provided and no injuries have been reported.

As of 11 a.m. Tuesday, the company is reporting approximately 780,000 New York customers without electrical service, having restored power to approximately 140,000 of the 930,000 impacted.

The utility estimates that customers in Brooklyn and Manhattan served by underground electric equipment should have power back within four days. Restoration to customers in other areas served by overhead power lines will take at least a week.

"This is the largest storm-related outage in our history," said Con Edison Senior Vice President for Electric Operations John Miksad. The previous record was more than 200,000 customers affected by Hurricane Irene in 2011.



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