Pennsylvania Electrical Worker Hospitalized After Blast

March 30, 2010

A northeastern Pennsylvania utility worker has been burned in an underground fire that occurred while he worked to restore service during a power outage.

Officials from PPL say the unidentified man was hospitalized in stable condition after sustaining burns early Sunday morning in Wilkes-Barre.

Utility officials say they’re still trying to determine what caused the explosion and fire around 4 a.m. Sunday.

Officials say the injured worker was able to climb out to the surface on his own. Another worker was taken to a hospital and released with no injuries.

More than a thousand homes and businesses were without power following the explosion. Service was restored to all customers by late Sunday night.

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  • March 31, 2010 at 1:23 am
    Paul Masley says:
    Underground. Inside the City. Appears like a methane accumulation. The wroker more than likely never had a gas meter on him or if he did, he apparently did not have it turned ... read more
  • March 30, 2010 at 3:51 am
    Big Mike In CALI says:
    Ever heard of the term "accident"? Sometimes, that's exactly what it is, nothing more, nothing less.
  • March 30, 2010 at 2:20 am
    Eduardo says:
    Let's see now.....you send a highly trained, experienced electrician into a tunnel to restore power and there's a big "boom". It's a good bet the guy did something stupid at ... read more
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