Florence, 10 October 2021 – An explosion and then a fire which for a few seconds caused a blackout in many parts of Florence. It happened in the evening on Sunday 10 October around 19. In many houses there was a power failure, especially in the area of via Pistoiese and district 4, but also Scandicci.
The violent fire affected the structures of Terna, the electricity distribution company, which are located not far from the cemetery of Peretola. There would be no injuries but immediately i fire fighters of the command of Florence have left to switch off the fire, which also affected the vegetation and which burst at the base of some pylons.
The affected area is the one along the line High Voltage Rifredi-San Lorenzo in Greve. The explosion and fire were also seen from afar. Many social groups in the area that reported the fire. Many report having distinctly heard an explosion, which was followed by a voltage drop in many homes.
The very brief blackout occurred because, to facilitate the intervention of the fire brigade, the system of Terna was shut down while Enel took care of change the set-up of the electricity distribution network to avoid blackouts. At the moment of the modification of the network structure, the citizens felt the momentary drop in voltage, with the light going off and on again.
The explosions heard by the people would be related to of gas cylinders that have been devoured by flames. In fact, some homeless people had camped around the pylons, as reported by some citizens.
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