False alarm at Travis

Published:  30 October, 2009

LITTLEHAMPTON: A Travis Perkins depot was initially mistaken as the source of an explosion that plunged large parts of the area in darkness.

Police cordoned New Road after the emergency services received reports of a blast coming from the Travis Perkins yard.

The problem was a fault at an electricity sub station. A spokeswoman for EDF Energy Networks said: "Power was interrupted to 1136 customers in the town centre area of Littlehampton at 10.47pm after a fault at a local substation.

Fire crews from Littlehampton, East Preston and Bognor were called, but although there had been an explosion in the electricity sub-station within the yard, there was no fire.

"EDF Energy Networks engineers managed to restore supplies to all but 160 customers by 11.57pm and the final supplies were reconnected at 1.37am.

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