LOS ANGELES (AP) — An underground electrical vault has exploded in flames, shattering windows and cutting power to a 15-story downtown Los Angeles medical building.

No one was hurt.

Electrical Explosion Knocks Out Power: KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz Reports

The explosion was reported at 2:14 a.m. at Wilshire Boulevard and Bixel Street, just west of Interstate 110.

The explosion in the Department of Water and Power vault was reported at 2:14 a.m. at Wilshire Boulevard just west of Interstate 110. DWP spokeswoman Gale Harris says the vault controls underground power lines to the building.

Glass doors and windows were blown out by the blast.

City fire spokesman Erik Scott says an urban search and rescue squad was called in to examine the building and no structural damage was found.

It’s unclear if the explosion is related to the record heat wave. The DWP says electricity demand reached a peak 6,177 megawatts at 3:45 p.m. Monday, breaking the record 6,165 megawatts on July 24, 2006.

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Comments (3)
  1. Crazyman Dance in Downtown LA says:

    Goes to show how old the infrastructure of major cities, heck, the rest of the nation, is getting.

    I was driving through the backside of Downtown LA, to reach the 60 FWY and I haven’t in a while and it seemed so old to me, so 40’s, so … old world, unfit for 2010 and the future’s motoring needs.

    Same thing here, could it be that that DWP vault was dated, old, in need of tearing down (like much of old Downtown needs to be) and being rebuilt according to 2010 needs?

  2. Monika says:

    Ed Hudson is an amazing man and a fantastic owner of many buildings. I know that it will be like he sad: “he will move heaven and earth” to make sure the building is operational for his doctors asap.

  3. Jeff Smith says:

    That is a tragedy. Fortunately nobody was injured. Mr. Hudson will resolve this problem immediately like he did many times before in his building I have my clinic in. Fantastic man.

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