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Posted: 10/28/2006 5:20:22 PM EST
saw the flash through the window, orange so I didn't figure it was lightning and the sound was different than thunder
neighbors across the parking lot are powerless now and I see embers falling down from the power line area
I think a branch fell and got vaporized
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 5:21:29 PM EST
Call before you dig
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 5:21:50 PM EST


They're here.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 5:22:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By fatk1d:
Call before you dig
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 5:22:23 PM EST
Sounds like a transformer explosion, it happens.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 5:24:34 PM EST
Alien Probing going on in your neighborhood tonight? Might want to spackle the crack and refrain from bending over tonight.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 5:25:07 PM EST

Originally Posted By Miracle_Pants:
Sounds like a transformer explosion, it happens.


MarkM, is that you?
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 5:25:36 PM EST

Originally Posted By Miracle_Pants:
Sounds like a transformer explosion, it happens.

+1

Pretty spectacular sometimes.
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 5:26:20 PM EST
According to Scripture, that is the final sign before the Rapture thingy.
Are you Saved?

(In before I get bashed by the bible thumpers)
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 5:26:53 PM EST
kaboom! And it wasn't a GLOCK
Link Posted: 10/28/2006 6:28:38 PM EST
power company is here, with their spot light on the pole I can see the broken wire from my window, no transformer near that section
but I'm going to shut off my pc in case they have to kill power to my line to work on the broken section
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 6:32:04 AM EST
I made the right choice in powering off the pc
they cut the power shortly after
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:14:05 AM EST

Originally Posted By nightstalker:

Originally Posted By Miracle_Pants:
Sounds like a transformer explosion, it happens.

+1

Pretty spectacular sometimes.


yep.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:16:29 AM EST

Originally Posted By sharky30:
I made the right choice in powering off the pc
they cut the power shortly after


For a second I was confused cause it looked like you posted this four minutes after your last one...
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:16:51 AM EST
I've been home twice when this has happened and everyone around me loses power. Both times there has been a smoking squirrel laying underneath the transformer. 20 minutes later the power company shows up, flips a breaker with a long pole and we're back in business.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:17:07 AM EST
Where's the picture of that fried squirrel?
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:17:14 AM EST
EMP, you're gonna die in 3 days. Can I have your guns?
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:25:28 AM EST

Originally Posted By CajunMojo:
EMP


First thing I thought!!
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 7:31:09 AM EST

Originally Posted By nightstalker:

Originally Posted By Miracle_Pants:
Sounds like a transformer explosion, it happens.

+1

Pretty spectacular sometimes.




coming home earley in the morn' and it's pitch black,Yes they are,,,,Lit up the Sky and burn like Hell
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:22:57 PM EST
whump sounds like something shorting the lines, branch, squirrel, etc. When a pole pig (transformer) goes, it's a definite BANG and silvery flash.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:24:08 PM EST
Mortars.

Take cover!
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:28:52 PM EST
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:31:30 PM EST

Originally Posted By Cape_hunter:

Originally Posted By nightstalker:

Originally Posted By Miracle_Pants:
Sounds like a transformer explosion, it happens.

+1

Pretty spectacular sometimes.


yep.


Sometimes I think that's why squirrels were put on this planet, to give us a little entertainment in the form of an orange flash and lack of electricity.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:43:01 PM EST

Originally Posted By FishKepr:
Where's the picture of that fried squirrel?






Link Posted: 10/29/2006 8:59:31 PM EST

Originally Posted By nightstalker:

Originally Posted By Miracle_Pants:
Sounds like a transformer explosion, it happens.

+1

Pretty spectacular sometimes.


Transformer went poof.

Around here they seem to make a louder boom and give off a blue-white flash. Its even cooler when one of the big-ass ones at the sub-station let go.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 9:13:57 PM EST
Our transformer popped earlier this evening and we were without power for 30mins.
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 9:25:53 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/29/2006 9:27:00 PM EST by Stealth]
Transformer explosion is a good one.

There's also the possibility that he got drunk and tried to start a barbeque under a powerline using a couple cups of gasoline and a match.

Check your neighbors hands and face for flashburns.

(edited spelling)
Link Posted: 10/29/2006 9:40:56 PM EST
Transformers have a service life, and here in the San Gabriel Valley(10 miles east of Los Angeles) the transformers are way beyond the rated serivice life. The local electricity provider Southern Calif. Edison, used to replace the transformers on a maintence schedule but ever since deregulation and also the last electricity dereg debacle(SCE almost had to declare bankruptcy) in 2002(?), that hasn't been done.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 6:24:25 AM EST
Inquiring minds and bored people want to know. Did ya ever figure it out?
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 4:41:25 PM EST

Originally Posted By PaDanby:
whump sounds like something shorting the lines, branch, squirrel, etc. When a pole pig (transformer) goes, it's a definite BANG and silvery flash.


yup
transfomer went last summer on the other side of the building
bluish white light for probably a minute at varying intensity and a ton of noise the whole time
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 4:42:35 PM EST
[Last Edit: 10/30/2006 4:43:35 PM EST by sharky30]

Originally Posted By Stealth:
Inquiring minds and bored people want to know. Did ya ever figure it out?


pretty sure it was the line (there's no transformers on that pole or section of lines but I tree is right over them and the lines often rub up against it, started that tree on fire one year), but I didn't feel like staying up to watch the guys work
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 4:46:21 PM EST
Mine blew up this summer and it sounded like a damn bomb went off.
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 4:53:31 PM EST

Originally Posted By Airwolf:

Originally Posted By FishKepr:
Where's the picture of that fried squirrel?




img.photobucket.com/albums/v442/airwolf144/squirrel2.jpg

img.photobucket.com/albums/v442/airwolf144/squirrel1.jpg


CRAZY!!!!... It almost doesn't look real. That's not a squirrel though is it?
Link Posted: 10/30/2006 5:06:05 PM EST
A lot of time the noise you hear is a "shotgun" fuse in the line near a transformer. Two metal clips hold the appropriately named fuse and the power guys come and replace it with a insulated pole.
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