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Thousands Without Power After Edison Transformer Fire

Roughly 10,000 utility customers lost power following a fiery transformer explosion in Edison.
Officials say the fire at the PSE&G transformer substation in Edison broke out around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. It produced thick, black smoke that could be seen from miles away and shot heavy flames high
into the air.

Firefighters used foam to help extinguish the blaze, which they brought under control by 6:30 p.m. No injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

The site is located in the area of Routes 1 and 287. Major travel delays were reported during the evening commute and were expected to continue for hours.

PSE&G said all customers should have power restored by sometime
Tuesday night.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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