Firefighters wait to approach a failed underground vault after twin explosions compromised the sidewalk. The event cut power to more than 1,100 customers in Newhall on Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

UPDATE: Power restored to all but 19 after Underground explosion sparks outage

An underground explosion suspected of being the result of an electrical vault fire near the Valencia Lanes bowling alley on Lyons Avenue left more than 1,100 people without electrical power in Newhall on Tuesday. At 10:13 a.m., a power outage suddenly left 2,230 customers of Southern California Edison without electricity, Edison spokeswoman Mary Ann Milbourn said. Shortly before 10:30 a.m., power was restored for 1,091 customers, she said, leaving 1,139 still without power. “We haven’t decided what it was,” Milbourn said, referring to the cause of the outage. “We should have full power restored my mid-afternoon.”

BREAKING: An underground vault explosion cut power to 1,100 customers in Newhall near Lyons Avenue and Peachland Avenue. Reporter Austin Dave is live at the scene.Read more here: https://signalscv.com/2018/06/electrical-fire-sparks-underground-explosion-in-newhall/

Posted by Santa Clarita Valley Signal on Tuesday, June 26, 2018
  By 3 p.m., power had been restored to all but 19 customers, Edison spokeswoman Jude Schneider said, noting the 19 were commercial customers. Edison workers were on the scene of the explosion as of noon. About 10:14 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 23000 block of Lyons Avenue, between Peachland Avenue and Wheeler Road, for reports of smoke coming from the sidewalk that appeared to be buckling. A sign inside a window at the Coffee Kiosk tells customers the shop is closed following twin explosions in an underground electrical vault on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Austin Dave/The Signal   About 10:14 a.m., firefighters were dispatched to the 23000 block of Lyons Avenue, between Peachland Avenue and Wheeler Road, for reports of smoke coming from the sidewalk that appeared to be buckling. “This was an underground explosion, reported as an electrical vault fire,” said Vanessa Lozano, spokeswoman for The Los Angeles County Fire Department. No injuries were reported.
Radio cars from the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station block eastbound Lyons Avenue traffic at Wheeler Road following twin explosions in an underground electrical vault on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Austin Dave/The Signal
When firefighters arrived at the scene they found a smoking vault under the sidewalk near the Coffee Kiosk, Lozano said. Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station assisted in traffic control, Lozano said. [email protected] 661-287-5527 On Twitter @jamesarthurholt      

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