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Substation explodes in South Carolina, many left without electricity

SUBNET Solutions Inc | Thursday, April 21, 2011

Residents in Hemingway, South Carolina recently endured a nine-hour power outage after a substation in the area exploded - the result of recent weather.

As thunderstorms took place in the area this past Saturday night, one transformer at the Santree Electric substation ignited the explosion. Santree Electric Cooperative officials relayed that the company worked diligently to restore power for those affected by the explosion.

"We had a complete loss of the Hemingway substation that serves about 2,500 customers in the surrounding area of Hemingway," said Adrel Langley, Sandree's manager of community relations. "We had an explosion and the substation was completely destroyed."

Several other local counties were affected by the explosion, however, power was soon restored for their residents. In all, roughly 2,500 customers were affected by the incident, many of whom spent the night without power.

Currently, Sandree is redirecting power from other stations to service its customers, however, Langley stated that her company's crews are working on a finding a more permanent solution. 

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