A 26,000-volt underground feeder line that carries power between neighbors failed at John Street and Yale Avenue Sunday evening, leaving 2,178 people without power.
The failure caused a small explosion, which blew a manhole cover off the street and sent smoke wafting up near Seattle’s flagship REI building about 7:15 p.m.
Peter Clarke, spokesman for Seattle City Light, said there is no corresponding fire, that he’s aware of, though several Seattle Fire engines responded. The fire department later posted on Twitter that they responded to several reports of people being trapped in elevators in the area.
Clarke said City Light would re-route electricity and begin restoring power to some in the neighborhood before 9 p.m., but that it could take until 2 a.m. before everyone’s power is back.
“It’s going to be hot down there, so it’ll take some time to see how much damage there is,” he said.