Transformer problem knocks out power in Smithfield
Posted January 9, 2009
Smithfield, N.C. — Parts of Smithfield lost power Friday morning after a transformer exploded at a power substation on Second Street.
No one was injured, and officials said power started coming back on around 11:30 a.m.
A crew working on the transformer tried to energize it to see if it was working. The transformer then exploded and sprayed mineral oil on the workers and the substation.
The outage affected most of Smithfield, except for the western part of town.