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Arc Flash Explosion Causes Fires and Leaves Town without Power

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Ephrata, WA – An Arc Flash incident in the small town of Ephrata, in Grant County (WA) has left the town without power and caused fires in the downtown area. No injuries have been reported.

Power Utility customers in this small central Washington town were without power after an explosion at a public utility district substation. A substation of the Grant County Public Utility District caught fire after an arc flash that resulted from a fault in the power line. The arc flash in turn caused an explosion of light and sparks which started fires in downtown Ephrata. Utility officials said the outage was caused by equipment failure in the Central Ephrata Substation.

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