Thursday, June 12, 2008


Elyria – Another hot day – Another day without power. Many residents and businesses in Elyria’s south side and much of Carlisle Township’s north side was without power Thursday afternoon after a power surge blew transformers along Oberlin-Elyria Road.

Carlisle Township Fire Department received multiple calls of an “electrical explosion” in front of 628 Oberlin-Elyria Road. Lieutenant Randy Feakins of the Carlisle Township Fire Department said when he arrived he found that primary lines had come loose and were wrapped around the secondary lines below. “Much of the power was out along that stretch as we were responding to the area. The traffic lights at Route 20 & 301 were knocked out so the State has set up a generator to help keep them running until Ohio Edison restores full power to the area.”

The outage caused surges throughout the area causing damage to residences homes and in some cases appliances. Feakins said Firefighters responded to a home on LaGrange Road after the homeowners heard several “popping” noises from inside their home. “As soon as we entered the home we smelled that very distinct electrical burning odor. We found that a computer had blown up during the surge but there was no other damage to the home.”

Elyria Police Officers were called to Colonial Oaks on Middle Ave after a resident thought he saw a man shooting at a transformer just before the power outage. Officers found several electrical connection boxes to vacant lots had blown their caps during the surge and found nobody with a gun.

By late afternoon most of the affected area had power restored with some customers along Middle Ave waiting for the juice.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what time the transformers exploded ? i heard a loud explosion from the area of lowell and huron street today, wondering if this is what i heard .

8:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I live on Hall Road, and from what my husband said (who was home at the time), it happened around 1 this afternoon. He said he heard a great bang and then everything went black. Then he heard the sirens. Our daughter, who was at a friends house on Carlisle Ave. said she heard an explosion, and then the sirens as well around that time. I was at work in downtown Lorain, basking in he AC. Sorry I missed this! :-)

9:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you TMCNEWS for doing such a great job on covering this. Alot better then the chronicle.

11:48 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is it that The Chronicle-Telegram, with their paid "professionals", can not report the news as good as TMC? And The Chronicle, I'm sure, has stiff prerequisites to get hired. Makes you wonder who they hire over there.

12:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Stiff prerequisites? I doubt it. The CT and the Journal hire kids going to or fresh out of college for the reporters. They have senior members but the info comes from newbies. Then of course the editors get a hold of it and....well you know. Haas

8:51 AM  

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