Electrical explosion causes outages in Southwick

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SOUTHWICK, Mass. (WWLP) – Check out this amazing video sent to 22News through our Report It feature of an electrical explosion in Southwick.

The explosion happened on Wednesday off Route 57, near the intersection of Hudson Drive around 11:15 Wednesday morning. As you can see from the video, the explosion was extremely loud, and sent up large amounts of smoke into the air.

Fire Chief Richard Anderson told 22News that it was a transformer that blew up, and flew into the woods somewhere. The explosion brought down power lines, and the line was still burning and smoking when firefighters got there. The incident caused the eastern half of town to lose power, but electricity has since been restored to most customers.

Anderson said that the explosion caused damage to the fuse panel of a nearby house, and the residents of that home cannot go home at this time.

He said that they are not sure what caused the explosion.

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