Strong Blast at Power Substation Sends a Fireball Over Burbank

The explosion and fire knocked out power for nearby businesses and homes as a thick column of smoke rose over the area

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A frightening blast at a power substation rattled part of Burbank Friday and sent a ball of fire and thick smoke over a neighborhood near the 5 Freeway.

The explosion was reported at a Burbank Water and Power property near Empire Center. Firefighters knocked down a fire that burned within the substation fencing.

A fire was burning at a Burbank power substation near the Empire Center and 5 Freeway after powerful explosion April 10, 2020.

No other structures appear to be threatened.

Brief power outages were reported in nearby neighborhoods.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

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