Bizarre Hit-and-Run Car Crash Knocks Out Power to Bob Hope Airport

Power was briefly knocked out at Bob Hope Airport after a hit-and-run motorist hits a power pole

By Jason Kandel
|  Saturday, Dec 8, 2012  |  Updated 8:46 AM PDT
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Firefighters douse a blaze at a water at 10817 Sherman Way in Sun Valley on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. The fire was caused by a hit-and-run motorist who struck a power pole, causing a transformer explosion that sparked the fire and cut power to 13 businesses including the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank.

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More than a dozen businesses, including the Bob Hope Airport, were without power Saturday morning after a hit-and-run driver struck a power pole, causing a power surge, transformer explosion and fire in Sun Valley.

The fire broke out at 3:05 a.m. at 10817 Sherman Way, said David Ortiz of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Police were looking for the motorist on Saturday morning who authorities said abandoned the vehicle at the location of the crash, officials said.

The address is that of Wet Design, which makes elaborate fountains and attractions such as the volcano outside the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas and the fountain at the California Plaza Watercourt in downtown Los Angeles, among other projects throughout the world, according to the firm's website.

The power at Bob Hope had been restored Saturday morning and the outage did not affect flights, officials said.

The pole was struck on Riverton Avenue, in the rear of the building, according to Sgt. Cameron Dunnet of the Los Angeles Police Department's Valley Traffic Division.

Last month, lights failed on one of two runways at ther Bob Hope Airport, causing delays and cancellations.

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