Spectacular scenes as transformer explodes

The explosion was captured on video
by many eagle-eyed New Norfolk people.

POWER supplies have been restored to New Norfolk and surrounding areas that were affected by a spectacular pole fire earlier this evening.

Local residents have shared videos of the incident online, showing the moment a transformer exploded on a power pole next to the rowing club in Rocks Rd.

The pole caught fire at around 7pm, taking out the power supply to about 1632 properties at Black Hills, Lawitta, Magra and New Norfolk North.

The electrical equipment on the pole
suddenly glowed very brightly just before
exploding next to the rowing club.

The New Norfolk Fire Brigade responded to the fire and TasNetworks quickly started work by bypass the affected pole and restore supply to as many customers as possible.

By 8.30pm supply had been restored to all but 79 customers and it was estimated those would be without power until 10pm. A further update from TasNetwork indicated a restoration by midnight, but supplies appear to have been reconnected by 11pm.

TasNetworks thanked customers for their patience and many commentators on social media appreciated the work that was being done to restore supply on one of the coldest nights of the year.

The moment of the explosion.

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