Transformer explodes knocking out power from Bakersfield to McFarland - Team coverage

Transformer explodes knocking out power from Bakersfield to McFarland - Team coverage
A transformer at the old PG&E power plant off Rosedale Hwy. and Coffee Rd. exploded Wednesday afternoon leaving 47,000 people in the dark.

The power outage affected customers as far south as Panama Lane and as far north as McFarland. Initially, 47,000 customers lost power, but PG&E restored electricity to all but 10,000 customers by 6 p.m.

The power outage snarled traffic across Bakersfield as many traffic lights were out. Bakersfield Police advised drivers to treat intersections as four-way stops.

Several events were cancelled Wednesday night including classes at Cal State Bakersfield and Bakersfield College classes at the Weill Instiute and Stockdale Highway School. BC's campus was not affected by the outage.

Shortly after the transformer exploded, a grass fire ignited. It burned just a couple acres. The Kern County Fire Department says no one was injured by the explosion or the grass fire.

PG&E tells Eyewitness News its workers were fixing a transformer damaged by a recent lightening storm. Officials say when the transformer was energized, it blew causing the explosion and grass fire.