• Transformer explosion closes part of Washington Pike

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    CARNEGIE, Pa. - The Heidelberg fire department reported that a transformer explosion occurred in the 2200 block of Washington Pike Thursday afternoon.

    The explosion caused the wires to fall on the field and sparked a large brush fire, according to officials.


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    Wires and lines were also down on the roadway.

    The situation left businesses within the Collier Township shopping plaza without electricity and air conditioning, causing them to close. 

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    Officials said the incident would cause Washington Pike to be closed between Greentree Road and Thomas Run Road for several hours.

    As of 3 p.m. Thursday, electricity had been restored but roads remained closed due to a hanging power line. Crews are assessing the situation.

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