A transformer explosion blacked out power to an area of Hartford,CT this morning and forced the closure of Bulkeley High School, and classes will not resume until at least Monday.
Three Connecticut Light & Power workers were doing routine maintenance in an underground power hub that serves the high school and surrounding neighborhood when something went wrong and there was an explosion.
Thick black smoke could be seen billowing out of the building.
A female CL&P worker is being treated at Bridgeport Hospital's Burn Unit. Two other CL&P workers were taken to Hartford Hospital with minor injuries.
As of 4:00, more than 3,000 CL&P customers in Hartford were without power.
Power has been restored to the Maple Ave. area, but CL&P says power won't be restored completely until 8:00 p.m. Right now it's still not safe enough for workers to go back inside the transformer area.
It's unclear right now what happened. Students say they saw the lights flicker, then heard a boom, then the fire alarms sounded. The students and staff were evacuated from the building safely. Students were dismissed at 10:30 a.m.
The school didn't suffer direct damage from the fire, but there is smoke damage that has to be cleaned.
Several other schools were also affected, but they are expected to have class Friday.
Wethersfield Ave. was shut down for several hours, but was been re-opened shortly after 12:30 p.m. Full Story and Video
My prayers are with the injured CL&P workers that were hurt from this incident... Be safe out there everyone!