Power outages spread across New Jersey Sunday after a transformer explosion and fire at a Public Service Enterprise Group Inc. substation in Waldwick. Nearly 2,000 customers were left without power in Bergen County, including towns such as Hillsdale, Westwood and Woodcliff Lake, the utility company told NJ.com.
A loud explosion preceded the two-alarm fire, which happened just before 11:30 a.m. EDT. Crews have been working since then to repair the equipment and restore power. It was expected to be restored to most customers by about 1:30 p.m., PSEG representative Kate Vossen told NJ.com.
Witnesses posted images and videos from the scene on social media, showing thick billows of black smoke rising above trees and nearby homes. No injuries were reported, according to New York’s WNBC-TV.
Large electrical fire in Waldwick. pic.twitter.com/03TXuyBBZ1
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