Underground explosion in Chicopee; power now restored

CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – A cable failure is believed to have been the cause of an underground explosion and power outage, which knocked out electricity to a significant portion of Chicopee late Tuesday morning.

According to Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk, the explosion was reported near the intersection of Granby Road and Grattan Street. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

Jim Lisowski, Assistant General Manager of Chicopee Electric Light told 22News that the power went out for nearly 2,000 customers at 11:24 A.M. The outages were centered around Granby Road, McKinstry Avenue, Memorial Drive, and portions of Aldenville. CEL crews went to work quickly, and power was restored 30 minutes later.

Lisowski says that at this point, all indications are that the problem was caused by a cable failure inside a manhole at Grattan and Granby.

CEL says that anyone still experiencing an outage should call them at (413) 598-8311 or their emergency number at (413) 594-7581.

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