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Transformer explodes knocking out power to hundreds

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LA MESA (CBS 8) - Hundreds of SDG&E customers were without power Monday morning after a transformer exploded in La Mesa.

Power is out to the Vons and several other businesses near the intersection of Lake Murray Boulevard and Baltimore Drive.

A witness describes the moments following the outage:

"Well, the lights kind of flickered, we heard popping, then everything went dead. We were letting someone inside because the power to the door was not on, and that's when we notice the big pile of smoke. No flames, just smoke, real heavy smoke.”

SDG&E crews said that power was expected to be back on around 11:30 a.m.

As of this report, it isn't known what caused the transformer to blow.

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