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Transformer explosion rocks southern California Oktoberfest

A transformer explosion rocked a southern California event celebrating Oktoberfest, injuring 5 people, including two firefighters.

Posted: Oct 7, 2019 10:34 AM

ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. - A transformer explosion rocked a southern California event celebrating Oktoberfest, injuring 5 people, including two firefighters.

The explosion happened on Saturday night in Huntington Beach, many gathered for Oktoberfest festivities at an Orange County restaurant. Employees at the restaurant alerted authorities after smelling an odor coming from an underground plate outside, police said.

As firefighters approached the area, an explosion knocked them to the ground. A second explosion occurred soon after causing more injuries.

"There was an underground vault containing three transformers," Chief Jeff Lopez, Huntington Beach Fire Department said. "One of those transformers exploded so that initial explosion knocked everyone down like we said."

The power company has replaced all three transformers. 

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