Pennsylvania Electrical Worker Hospitalized After Blast

March 30, 2010

A northeastern Pennsylvania utility worker has been burned in an underground fire that occurred while he worked to restore service during a power outage.

Officials from PPL say the unidentified man was hospitalized in stable condition after sustaining burns early Sunday morning in Wilkes-Barre.

Utility officials say they’re still trying to determine what caused the explosion and fire around 4 a.m. Sunday.

Officials say the injured worker was able to climb out to the surface on his own. Another worker was taken to a hospital and released with no injuries.

More than a thousand homes and businesses were without power following the explosion. Service was restored to all customers by late Sunday night.

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