Power Restored To PSE&G Customers Following Transformer Fire In Edison

EDISON, N.J. (CBSNewYork) –– Power has been restored to thousands of customers in central New Jersey after a massive fire ripped through a PSE&G substation in Edison on Tuesday afternoon.

About 9,500 customers in Edison and Metuchen were without power as a result of the explosion and fire. Firefighters eventually got the blaze under control and by 10:30 p.m. all power had been restored.

CBS 2’s Joe Biermann reported from Chopper 2-HD, saying that flames could be seen about 30 to 40 feet in the air.  PSE&G confirmed that a transformer explosion caused the fire.

The station was not staffed and there were no injuries as a result of the incident.

Firefighters had to exercise caution in putting out the fire because of its proximity to other electrical equipment.  They used foam to help extinguish the flames.


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  1. Tester says:


  2. Ryan Breen says:

    crazy couldnt belive it when i saw it psen&g should fix how they make there transformers.

    1. Power Engineer says:

      PSE&G doesn’t make the transformers. They purchase transformers from different companies like ABB, GE, Westinghouse, Areva, etc etc. They make need to pick a new supplier or analyze their existing transformers and start a replacement program.

  3. Better Way says:

    I agree with EE Guest, PSE&G cut their PM or Predictive Maintenance department activity. Part of the cut was PSE&G employees trained in using Infrared Cameras to monitor Transformers and other Substation componenets to identify problematic issues that could have been fixed without this kind of outcome. The oly cost would have been a man or womans salary, not millions of dollars in power outages. Shame on PSE&G

  4. Patrick says:

    Does that potentially mean schools are closed?

  5. Mr Technical says:

    What he said

  6. EEGuest says:

    Dam! The transformer should have tripped on the transformer differential scheme. If the differential protection was not in service there should have been bus over-current protection scheme and breaker failure scheme on the bank breakers. There should have pressure relief or oil expansion tanks on the transformer. I bet there annual inspection is not up to code. I had visited DELTA STAR manufacturer in Virginia last year so im very familiar with station transformer construction! Either way looks like being cheap and trying to pinch pennies finally caught up with them. -B.S,M.S,P.h.D in EE. Protection Engineer

    Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/dpp/news/transformer-fire-causes-power-outages-20120228-lgf#ixzz1nigiGyuQ

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