At the end of the day on Tuesday, residents of the city of Centenario were surprised by a loud explosion that left the entire city without electricity. A part of Newquan city was also affected by low voltage and short cuts.
The incident happened after 11:30 pm. a neighbor talked LMNeuquén And he described how he experienced the shocking blackout: “I was about to go to bed and the light started flickering, as if there was low voltage, and I knew it was about to cut. There was a huge explosion heard . , like the noise of a tire bursting, and the power went out.
“I went out into the street and you can tell the outage was normal, it was all dark, it was pitch black. After a while, WhatsApp messages from other neighbors started pouring in, no one knows what happened, and sirens from the ambulance and fire department,” the neighbor said.
the first information, as he was able to know lmnewquen, Indications indicated that it was an explosion in an EPEN transformer, which would be located in the Sarmiento I neighborhood, a few meters from the local stadium.
A century-old living near Centenario Transformer Station saw the rapid arrival of local volunteer firefighters and civil defense personnel, which could have been an explosion after the fire, although this possibility has yet to be confirmed.
The uncertainty surrounding what happened does not allow it to be established when electricity will return to Centenario’s homes. It is expected that in the next few hours the power service provider will give more details about what happened.
On the other hand, residents of the city of Newquan in both the central and western areas reported low voltages, but were not left without service.
What did EPEN say?
After 0:30, they reported from the Neuquén provincial energy unit that “3 high-voltage lines – which supply Centenario – were taken out of service due to a failure in a high-voltage measuring instrument located at Centenario station”.
He added that “the failure resulted in an explosion whose source of fire was contained by firefighters.” In the early hours of the morning, EPEN personnel worked on site to restore service.