MARIN COUNTY, Calif. (KRON) — Transformers exploded Wednesday night in San Rafael, California, video obtained by KRON-TV shows. The incident happened in the area of Canal and Novato streets.
The video shows the explosions lasted at least 30 seconds.
The San Rafael Police Department issued a shelter-in-place for residents in that area around 6:04 p.m.; that was lifted about one hour later. Police said transformers and high-voltage wires that were downed prompted the shelter-in-place as power outages were reported in the area.
Statement from PG&E on the outage:
“At about 6 p.m. on Wednesday, just as the strongest part of the storm was crossing the North Bay, we did have an issue with equipment that led to a power outage. The preliminary information is that two power lines contacted each other resulting in a transformer failing. We currently have 160 customers without power as a result of that failure and PG&E is working on making the necessary repairs. PG&E routinely inspects its electric infrastructure and makes the necessary repairs and upgrades to prevent these type of power outages.”