Ipswich: Explosion Cuts Power

20 October 2014, 07:17

​Power has been returned to more than 200 people in Ipswich affected by an underground explosion.

It happened under Woodbridge Road at 10.29pm last night (October 19) and was caused by a fault on an underground electrical junction box.

Police, fire crews and engineers were called to the scene between Argyle Street and Warwick Road. 

A spokesperson for UK Power Networks said 23 customers were initially affected: "Our engineers were swiftly at the scene to assist the emergency services in making the area safe.

"Engineers had to isolate electricity supplies to a further 194 customers in stages between 11.16pm and 11.45pm and they worked throughout the night to reconnect all power supplies as quickly as possible.

"Power was returned to everyone who was affected between 3.30am and 4.30am."

Engineers had to carry out an excavation as part of the repairs and the company say it will return the surface to normal as soon as possible.

The road had to be closed, but a single lane is expected to reopen for this morning's rush hour.