Underground fault causes thousands to lose power in southwest Calgary

A underground explosion cut power to thousands and hampered traffic in downtown Calgary Wednesday night. Global News

An underground cable fault left thousands of people in southwest Calgary without power Wednesday evening.

It happened just before 5 p.m. on 17 Avenue – right outside the old Alberta Children’s Hospital. South Calgary, Bankview, Richmond and Scarborough were among the affected neighbourhoods.

The explosion blew a manhole cover right off and, initially, almost 4,000 Enmax customers were affected.

Enmax said the power cable will need to be replaced.

By 6 p.m., power had been restored to most homes but traffic in the downtown was severely affected due to a number of traffic lights that were also in the black.

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