Australia – Explosion at power station leaves thousands without power
Hundreds of thousands of people across the Australian state of Queensland were left without electricity after an explosion at a power station. Energy companies are now scrambling to restore power while local officials have warned of traffic chaos.
About 250,000 customers have since had their electricity restored, according to energy providers. But many are still left without power, with around 375,000 customers initially affected by the outage, according to an earlier statement by power company Energex.
The outage hit schools, homes and businesses across a wide swathe of the state. It also briefly affected the airport and traffic lights in the city of Brisbane, with officials warning drivers to take care on the roads, reported the Australia Broadcasting Corporation.
An explosion and subsequent fire at the Callide power station near Biloela in Central Queensland is believed to be the root cause of the statewide outages. A turbine was still on fire by 3.30pm at the station and staff were all safely evacuated.
Energex is investigating the widespread outage, as commuters are warned to take extra care on the roads with the traffic light network also impacted. A statement from the company urged customers to only contact them in life threatening situations as they try to restore power