Transformer exploded on Kings Highway in West Springfield


WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Crews are working to repair a transformer that exploded on Kings Highway in West Springfield Friday morning.

According to West Springfield Police Department, a portion of Kings Highway is closed from Cedar Street to Janet Street. Eversource was on location and reported just over 100 customers without power. Power has been repaired to those residents according to the Eversource outage map.

22News could see a large hole in the road caused by the asphalt melting from the power lines, the DPW are assessing the damage.

West Springfield resident Carol Smith told 22News she heard a big boom, and saw a bright light at around 6:30 a.m., “There was a big ‘boom’ first, and then there was the light, this bright, bright light like fireworks going off and then the wires went down to the ground and it started burning the blacktop.”

MAP: Kings Highway in West Springfield

Police are asking drivers to use Westfield Street until the repair is completed.

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