Transformer blowout blamed for Pacific Gas and Electric outage

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) reported Monday morning April 25 that 46,029 customers were without power in Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, and Richmond, California.

Shortly before the power outage, a transformer at a PG&E substation blew up, sending smoke into the air, according to an infrastructure report from the Department of Energy (DOE).

While no official cause for the outage has been determined at this time, the explosion may have contributed to it. Power had been restored to all customers before close of the business day, PG&E said in a posting on social media.

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