Explosion At PSE&G In Waldwick Leaves Residents Without Power

An explosion at the PSE&G facility in Waldwick, New Jersey from Sunday morning caused thousands of Bergen County residents to be left without power for several hours. The fire which was reported around 10:30 a.m., was the result of an equipment failure within a substation reactor. PSE&G arrived on the scene to “de-energize” one side of the facility before emergency responders tended to the flames. Officials responded to the substantial fire and ushered residents in neighboring streets out of their homes until permitted to return. Witnesses reported the smoke from the flames could be seen from miles away with fire fighters from over a dozen municipalities on scene until 8 p.m. in the evening when it was finally contained. Waldwick Mayor Tom Giordano assured residents that the smoke from the burning mineral oil is non-toxic and is used as a coolant for electrical equipment, generators, and transformers. Brief flickers and power outages were reported from areas as far as Old Tappan, River Vale, and Westwood.

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