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Underground Electrical Fault Shuts Down Major Road in Wimbledon

December 17, 2010 Leave a comment

One of Wimbledon’s town centre’s major roads was closed off this evening after an electrical emergency.

Worple Road was closed in both directions after what appeared to be a power cut as lights appeared to go out at about 7pm this evening.

But the reason for the loss of power appears to be an underground electrical fault which required emergency repairs.

Police cordoned off access to Worple Road from Wimbledon Hill Road until it was reopened at about 8.30pm.

James Triesman, a Wimbledon resident on his way to the station, said: “There was power out on one side of the road by the Alexandra pub and the Hand and Racket pub.

“The police had cordoned off the road opposite, towards where the entrance to Sainsbury’s is.

“There were no crashed cars or ambulances or signs of an accident.”

A spokesman for Wimbledon fire station said they had attended the scene when it was first reported, but left after the area was deemed secure.

It is not yet known what was the cause of the underground electrical fault.

Story via yourlocalguardian.co.uk

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Morristown NJ Library Severely Damaged in Electrical Explosion

MORRISTOWN, NEW JERSEY – An underground electrical accident and explosion at the Morristown & Township Library was so severe that the blast buckled concrete, shattered windows and blew out doors. 

“If any human being had been in the path of the force of this explosion, it’s fair to say they would have been killed,” said town Administrator Michael Rogers after touring the library basement today.

Jersey Central Power & Light has acknowledged a malfunction called a “cable fault” occurred beneath a manhole on Miller Road, near the library’s 1917 wing that sustained heavy damage. But spokesman Ron Morano said this damage “was not consistent with what one sees in a cable fault.”

He declined to elaborate. But he said the utility plans to tap outside experts for help with its investigation, which so far has been slowed because crews have not been allowed inside the library.

Mayor Tim Dougherty, meanwhile, may ask the state Board of Public Utilities to take a look at JCP&L, said Michael Rogers, the administrator. Morristown has a long history of exploding manholes and underground fires.

“We are losing patience” with JCP&L, the administrator said. “We need answers. Tough questions will be coming their way. They have some explaining to do.”

Story Via NJ.com