Three explosions cut power to part of Kalihi Kai

Published On: Mar 10 2014 07:00:00 PM HST

Power was knocked out for about 300 businesses and homes in Kalihi after three explosions.

HONOLULU -

Three explosions shut down electricity to about 300 businesses and homes in the Kalihi Kai area Monday morning. It happened just off Puuhale Road around 10:30 a.m.

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HECO sent out troubleshooters to check out the underground wires and the road was shut down for about an hour.

Workers at the nearby McDonalds and a solar company said power was going off and on all morning long.

"I heard three explosions, so I came out and I didn't see anything," said Kehau Faaumu, an employee at the solar company. "I decided to come out and I saw on the third one – on top of the power pole – sparks came out."

Power has since been restored. The outage was caused by a faulty underground cable that HECO troubleshooters repaired.

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