Transformers Explode in Royal Oak, Power Outages Reported (video) UPDATED

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(Crystal A. Proxmire, Nov. 21, 2015)

Several explosions happened in Royal Oak near 11 Mile and Campbell.  Originally this was reported to be a series of electrical transformers blowing.  The City of Royal Oak later released a statement saying “DTE reports: Our System Operations Center in Detroit has informed us that the subject incident on Saturday night was not a transformer explosion. It was an arc flash.

“An arc flash occurs when one or more objects conducting electricity or capable of conducting electricity come in contact with each other. As can be seen in the video, arc flashes give off bright intense light. This one occurred at our Lincoln Station, located at Lincoln and Troy. It took place when one of the phases of an overhead wire here got tangled up.

Because arc flashes also cause a burst of electrical energy, this one caused a breaker at Lincoln open which resulted in a power outage for about 3,000-4000 customers. Once an operator was able to confirm what happened, steps were taken to restore service to those customers impacted.”

.As of 9:15pm there are over 3,000 residents without power in Royal Oak.  There is also an outage in Huntington Woods and several other smaller outages through Oakland County.

Christian Grothe captured the explosions on video from an apartment in Downtown Royal Oak and shared on You Tube. This story was updated on Nov. 27.

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