Harford hazmat and BGE respond to Belcamp transformer explosion

  • Harford County Hazmat and BGE crews responded to a call for a blown transformer in Riverside Tuesday, but no hazardous chemicals leaked, according to county emergency operations officials.
Harford County Hazmat and BGE crews responded to a call for a… (Nicole Munchel | Aegis staff,…)
August 16, 2011

Harford County Hazmat and BGE responded to a call for a blown telephone transformer in Belcamp Tuesday, but no hazardous chemicals materials leaked into the area, according to officials.

"The hazmat trucks cleared almost as soon as they got there," Rick Ayers, emergency operations manager for Harford County, said Tuesday.

Around 10:11 a.m. Harford County Hazmat was dispatched to Independence Square in Belcamp after a neighbor in the area called 9-1-1 reporting a transformer on a pole had blown overnight.

BGE workers believe the damage was initially caused by a lightning strike.

While oil did spill from the transformer, no hazardous materials were in the oil and BGE took responsibility for the cleanup.

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