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Video: Power pole explosion in Cottonwood Heights

Posted on: 9:23 am, December 19, 2013, by , updated on: 10:37pm, December 19, 2013

FOX 13 photographer Eric Brown sent in this video of a power pole explosion in Cottonwood Heights Thursday morning.

Crews were able to safely extinguish the fire. Power outages were affecting thousands of people across the Wasatch Front, and as of 5 p.m. Thursday, some of the outages were expected to continue overnight.


  • Do they know what caused the pole’s to catch fire in the first place ?

  • SLC Fire told Hajoca Corp there were over 30 poles on fire near 21st south… they left their bldg, no power, fires nearby on the poles.

  • Tanner Bean says:

    Reason for fires is most likely the freezing rain last night and this morning. The rain freezes onto the pole and the high voltage wires, then shorts and arcs, causing a fire. You’d think this would happen every time it rains or snows, but I suppose it doesn’t. Sleet just gets caked on there and causes problems before it melts or evaporates off, I guess.

  • joseph w says:

    how about they put an umbrella over them and then no more power pole explosions. seems like common sense if thats the case.

  • BK Anderson says:

    I wonder if the particulates in the ice have anything to do with it. I know it’s the minerals in water that conduct electricity.

  • kevin says:

    But do you know how many umbrella’s they would have to put on every single power pole?

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