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Grove Partial Power Outage after Electrical Explosion

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We received a number of reports of a loud explosion followed by a cloud of smoke at The Grove shopping center at about 5:40pm tonight.

It appears to have been an electrical explosion, according to people on the scene. Reports said that things appeared to return almost to normal following the incident, but power remained out to at least the Cheesecake Factory and movie theaters.

It seemed to come from the 3rd Street side of the property, according to a few different reports, and fire department personnel arrived at the location.

A reader posted a comment below saying that an intense vibration was felt inside the theaters before they were evacuated. A link to photos of the scene immediately following is also posted.

A person answering phones at the shopping center said that several businesses would be without power for the rest of the evening. Those included the movie theaters, Cheesecake Factory, Coach, Arden B and Lucky Brand Jeans.

The free movie night in the central park area of the complex was still moving forward, according to Weho Daily reader Brandie Tucker.

The Grove representative had no information on the cause or an explosion, only that some stores would be without power tonight.

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  1. Jedi Wright

    August 26, 2010 at 7:25 PM

    I was in a movie there when the incident occurred. They tried to send us out the back emergency exit at first but then realized they couldn’t due to the toxic-burning smell and smoke pouring out in the back service lot (parallel to 3rd). After exiting and receiving my free movie pass, circled around back to the service lot as close as I could get and was told by a fireman there that the generator had failed, I’d say more like I exploded, due to the intense vibrations we felt in the theater.

    Have a few pics up here with the rest of the details I caught:
    http://www.jediwright.com/blog/2010/08/26/grove-theater-evacuation-due-to-electrical-explosion/

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