UPDATE: 1500 Without Power in Downtown & North Concord Due to Blown Transformer

February 28, 2014 20:54 pm · 22 comments

1500 people are without power tonight in parts of Downtown & North Concord, and early reports are saying it’s due to a blown transformer.

At least one person is also trapped in an elevator in Concord.

PG&E says the estimated time of restoration is just before midnight.

UPDATE: About half of the power has been restored to N. Concord & the downtown area after a blown transformer knocked out electricity earlier tonight. Full restoration is expected by 11:45pm. If you come upon any traffic signals that aren’t working, please treat it as a four-way stop.

Currently, about 800 people are without power.

Teacher Wannabe February 28, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Looks like cuddle time with my sweetie!

Bob February 28, 2014 at 9:06 PM

Driving thru Conocord I saw the flash, saw people pouring out of a dark Skipollinis and then saw a power pole in flames. Lots of traffic lights out please drive safe!

Isabeau February 28, 2014 at 9:11 PM

Looks like there might be an accident right there at the 242 off-ramp, too. Lots of police cars blocking the ramp. Unless that’s where the transformer is – thought a saw a truck that looked spun around.

ChampagneKitty February 28, 2014 at 9:15 PM

I am in north Concord in the Sun Terrace neighborhood; everything is normal at my place.

VikingPrincess February 28, 2014 at 9:19 PM

Be better to be stuck in an elevator till midnight with another person


Ian February 28, 2014 at 9:45 PM

People are driving straight through the intersections without stopping. Hope we don’t hear a story about an accident tonight.

biggus thinkus February 28, 2014 at 9:58 PM

saw it from my backyard, Flash, Bzzzt. FLAAAASH, BZZZZZZZZZT. Flash, bzzt. lights out at galindo and market (earlier, lots dark, buildings up), per dispatch, Broadway is having issues.

drive safe, folks dont even see the intersections….

Erica February 28, 2014 at 10:00 PM

I’m in North Concord in the dark with 4 annoying kids and a puppy!!!

david d February 28, 2014 at 10:05 PM

Stuck at home with crazy ass siblings

Class of 90 CVHS February 28, 2014 at 10:10 PM

I’m on a plane currently and the power is fine in the friendly skies!

amanda February 28, 2014 at 10:27 PM

@Biggus thinks I live on Broadway and we’ve got power.

Kat February 28, 2014 at 10:35 PM

Was sitting outside of CYC when I heard what sounded like an explosion then the area went black. Then another exploding sound with the sky lit up. On the way home saw all the police & fire at Market & Concord where the telephone pole was on fire. Happy to hear no one was injured.

Todd February 28, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Back on baybay! Thank you PG&E for the quick fix!
I hope no one was injured tonight.

T February 28, 2014 at 11:09 PM

Drive safe people! My fiancé and I were leaving intersection by UFC gym was our turn to go and a AAA van was going to fast almost hit driver side if I didn’t slam breaks would have hit us and made car flip! Please be carefull people!

Maynslady February 28, 2014 at 11:28 PM

Staying at the Premier Inn….. The power started surging and was making a loud noise. Went outside on the balcony (facing Chilis and the freeway) just in time. to see the power pole on Market Street (just behind the Shell station) literally explode. It shot a big fireball into the sky. The pole burned a good 30 mins before the fire dept blasted it with their hoses. The smell of ozone lingered in the air for an hour or so. Pg&e restored power pretty quickly.

Kathleen March 1, 2014 at 12:15 AM

T, that would be drive safely.

Me March 1, 2014 at 6:38 AM

I work at Peets coffee in todas santos and we had to get all of our customers out and close up shop in the pitch black. Spaghetti factory was out to and customers still stayed around and eat their food in the dark.

cops n fire musta been working March 1, 2014 at 7:33 AM

First responders probably earn their keep on a wet Friday night anyways, probably extra with the power out. Thanks to the folks that come when called.

Clayanon March 1, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Erica, that was a funny post! Hope you got your electricity back.

Anon March 1, 2014 at 7:34 PM

So what was it? Did somebody hit a pole? PGE was working on Market near Earl Scheib’s all day.

biggus thinkus March 1, 2014 at 8:45 PM

@ amanda
good to hear, i checked the concord pd scanner and heard people (person) was stuck in the elevator of the 1600? building? nevertheless, good to know!
pe ace!

@Anon March 1, 2014 at 8:54 PM

Read the title. It was a blown transformer.

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