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3 Electrical Blasts Rattle Devonshire St.

Explosions in an underground vault lift the pavement. About 2,300 customers lose power.

Three blasts in an underground electrical vault at Devonshire Street and Independence Avenue lifted a card-table sized square of pavement Thursday morning, knocking out power to about 2,300 customers in Chatsworth.

Some traffic lights were out, too.

"There were three blasts. The first one shook the whole building," said Dr. James A. Pasternak, whose second-floor dental office is across the street. He was able to take a cell phone photograph of smoke swirling from around the edges of the foot-thick piece of pavement.

A firetruck from Station 107 was quickly on the scene of the 8 a.m. explosion. Firefighters cordoned off the street with yellow tape. Police manned the roadblock.

Workers from the Department of Water and Power (DWP) began to arrive at about 9 a.m. They examined the damage and began to isolate and test electrical circuits before descending into the vault for repairs. There was no immediate estimate from the DWP as to when power would be restored.

There were no injuries.

Katrynas December 15, 2011 at 09:29 PM
M. Mcmillian.... I agree completely, I guess we are such a small town they think that nothing goes on here... well SURPRISE!! Thank yo u Chatsworth Patch for being there for us!!! Barbara, I will be leaving wk soon, I would send you and email but we still don't have electricity.
Anne December 15, 2011 at 11:54 PM
Thanks for the info! had some power flicker/surge here, but no loss. By the way, very well written story!
Tee InvitationLady December 16, 2011 at 12:05 AM
Thanks for info - I had just drove past as the first Officer arrived and the LAFD was coming up Desoto....
Mark December 16, 2011 at 12:43 AM
I drove past at 8:50am and at Desoto/Devonshire westbound traffic was blocked. I was able to go north on Desoto to the 118, however southbound was all backed up.
Katherine December 16, 2011 at 02:54 AM
In the townhomes on Topanga (across from Starbucks) we got power back at around 3 or so (I wasn't home). The ones on Lassen (across from the hotel) are still without power - a call to DWP at 6:30 revealed that as of 5 minutes of my call, power would be restored in 6 to 8 hours.

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