UPDATE: Power has been restored to the area.
RICHMOND, Va. – Hundreds of people are without power on Richmond’s Northside Sunday night after a transformer reportedly exploded.
Richmond Police and Fire crews were at Overbrook Road and Langston Avenue as of 10:45 p.m.
Dominion Energy reported 1,125 customers were without power in Richmond as of 11 p.m. And just over 650 of those customers appeared to be from the Northside outage.
An official on the scene said that it appeared a cross bar on the power pole had snapped, which caused the transformer to blow.
A crew on the scene said power could be restored in as little as a few hours.
Jan Robinson said what she heard was frightening.
“Static and loud booms,” Robinson wrote. “Power went out and came back then more booms!”
Cheryl DeLoatch, who also lives nearby, said she was terrified because her daughter was in the car when she saw a flash.
“It seemed as if lightening was the culprit,” DeLoatch said.
“The transformer lit up the sky as it was blowing,” Rozzalyn Logan said.
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