Homes in Brighton without power after substation ‘blast’

HUNDREDS of residents were left without power after an “explosion” at a substation caused a nationwide blackout.

Firefighters were called to the incident at Whitehawk Crescent in Whitehawk, Brighton and were seen setting up a cordon around the substation while engineers isolated the substation.

The power outage was first reported just after 3:30pm on Wednesday 21 September, leaving up to 800 buildings without power for several hours.

Engineers were finally able to make repairs around 6:30 p.m., restoring power to nearly all affected homes.

Muhammad Dheher, who lives in Whitehawk, said: “I was in my car next to where it happened and suddenly there was a big bang.

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“It was one of the loudest bangs I’ve ever heard. There was a lot of white smoke, but it disappeared quickly.”

Crime scene footage showed two fire engines erecting a cordon around the substation. It is believed that firefighters left around 4:15 p.m. after assessing the situation.

A number of homes in Whitehawk and Roedean in the BN2 5 postcode area were affected and a number of businesses in the area were also affected by the outage.

Brighton and Hove City Council reported that the blackout has forced it to close the Stanley Deason Leisure Center on Wilson Drive “until further notice”. Outdoor pitches were available until sunset.

According to information on the UK Power Networks website, the blackout was caused by an underground power cable that had failed on the high-voltage grid.

The Argos:

UK Power Networks has also apologized for the blackout, adding that “our staff will continue to work 24/7 to get the lights on”.

In a statement, a spokeswoman for East Sussex Fire and Rescue Services said: “At 3.34pm we were called to Whitehawk Crescent, Brighton, following reports of an explosion at a substation.

“Crews from Roedean and Preston Circus were present. Upon arrival, firefighters confirmed there was a problem with a substation, but there was no fire. Crews cordoned off the crime scene and EDF was called in to isolate the substation.” Homes in Brighton without power after substation ‘blast’

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