Underground Explosion Causes Widespread Power Outage in Red Wing

March 29, 2018 06:26 PM

An underground explosion late Thursday morning has knocked out power to much of  Red Wing.

The blast occurred on Fifth Street near Colvill School, right in front of Jason Hanson's home, "I heard a loud boom, I looked over and the manhole cover was off and smoke was pouring out of it, with everything going on lately you something like the power is out and you don't know what to think."

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The Minnesota Department of Transportation is reporting traffic signals at state highway intersections in the city are not working, and that motorists should proceed with caution.

  Temporary stop signs were put up to help with traffic control.

The release says police officers also took over at some intersections where traffic lights were out. Several businesses in the downtown area were dark during the middle of the day, "this is the only light I have," said Rick Oddy, referring to his flashlight.    The blackout made boutique shop owner Sarah Skyberg say UFFDA for real, "it has slowed down business a bit."

The school district decided to let four schools out 90 minutes early as a precaution, like the high school, middle school and two elementary's. Captain Peter Hanlin is with the Red Wing Fire Dept., "most of the suppression systems for fire protection use battery backups so for the safety of the kids, they made the call."

Xcel Energy was reporting that at 12:30 p.m. Thursday there were multiple power outages affecting nearly 1,000 customers.

 By 3pm, all of the power was restored.

The Fire Department said it appeared some sort of electrical problem caused the outage. 

 

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Michael Oakes & Beth McDonough

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