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6 Jul, 2017 14:34

Huge explosion at electricity substation in Siberia caught on camera (VIDEO)

Huge explosion at electricity substation in Siberia caught on camera (VIDEO)

Some 150,000 people in the city of Tomsk in Siberia were left without electricity for several hours after a huge explosion rocked a substation. The moment of the blast was caught on camera.

The incident happened on Thursday afternoon, when a fire at the Vostochnaya substation resulted in a blast, local TV2 reported. The substation has been operating since 1963, providing power supply “for most of Tomsk.”

Facilities were partially destroyed, which led to a temporary shutdown of the Tomsk power station, Russia's Ministry of Energy said.

The moment of the explosion was captured by a local resident on his smartphone. In the footage, a fire is first visible at the station, which then apparently causes a blast. There have been unconfirmed reports that oil-filled transformers exploded.

No one was reportedly hurt in the incident.

Several districts in the city suffered from a following blackout. A couple of hours later, emergency services restored the power supply.

An investigative commission is working at the site to establish the cause of the incident.