Transformer explosion causes grass fire
AN EXPLOSION caused by a fallen power line in Thangool on Monday night left more than 6000 people without power for several hours.
The affected power line supplied power to Monto, Boyne Island and Agnes Water and affected some people in Bororen, Turkey Beach, Miriam Vale and parts of Biloela.
Two rural fire units and local police were called to the scene at 6.14pm.
“I just walked outside because I live just down here and I heard the explosion and the big flash,” Thangool Fire and Rescue Station captain Donald Baldwin said.
Ergon Energy crews were called to conduct tests at the site while firies monitored and contained the fire as they waited for confirmation the fallen lines were live.
“We couldn’t do anything until it Ergon cleared the scene,” Don said.
“They came across with their cherry picker and did their bit.
“It was lucky it didn’t burn any other lines coming down, otherwise it would have been a big job.”
The area affected by the fire was off the Burnett Highway in the Ramsay Street area of Thangool on a gravel patch.
The fire was deemed safe at 8.40pm.
Power was restored to most houses by 11pm.
Don said this weekend could see some more grass fires, with heavy winds of around 24kmh predicted.
“What happens is the heavy winds blow about and some of the power lines aren’t very tight and they fall down,” he said.
“So this weekend could be fun, things are certainly dry so it could be very busy.”