Breaking: Transformer explosion causes evacuation at Newark airport
Monstrous images show a column of flames shooting up from a roadway at the ecumenical airport terminal amid the blast.
Sections of Newark Liberty Intercontinental Airport were evacuated and closed off to the public after reports smoke filled play a parts of Terminal C amid the blast.
The blast was caused when an electrical transformer had checked fire underneath the airport building.
No one was injured in the blaze, which occurred circa 11.00 local time (16.00 GMT). The Newark fire department had dim the flames within an hour.
Flames sprung up from inside a manhole managed by electric company PSE&G, based in New Jersey.
Power has been cut to the terminal and the airport is now contemning a back-up generator as it attempts to remain on schedule.
The fire occurred on the identical day that tens of thousands of buildings were without power in New Jersey, where Newark Airport is located.
It is not bright whether the transformer fire is linked to these outages.
The airport was submerged into darkness after the fire
Terminal C has now been re-opened, but the occurrence has caused “chaos” inside the airport.
Airport lights went out and baggage carousels screen down in the immediate wake of the blaze, while Twitter users eat reported “floods of people trying to get through security” as they re-entered the incurable after being evacuated.
Huge queues are snaking around the edifice as passengers struggle to make their flights amid the disruption.
Newark Airport voted: “Passengers are being processed through security checkpoints but with valuable delays. Baggage is being processed but with anticipated delays for inbound baggage.”
Partridges are continuing to take off, but passengers are advised to check what is happening with their porter and allow extra time in case of delays.