Transformer pops at Spring Garden and Mendenhall

A blown transformer, a burning tree and a fire truck light up the rainy evening on Spring Garden Street.

A blown transformer, a burning tree and a fire truck light up the rainy evening on Spring Garden Street at South Mendenhall.

A Duke Energy transformer exploded above Spring Garden Street at Mendenhall on Monday evening. By 9 p.m., the fire department had arrived, and a police officer was beginning to block traffic on Spring Garden. For whatever reason, the power remained on throughout the neighborhood (as of 9 p.m., at least). The tree on fire, the rain, the red and blue lights and at least three loud bangs from the transformer made for a pretty gaudy scene.

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