Bulgaria Registers over 2000 'Dangerous' Power Substations

Society | October 17, 2012, Wednesday // 11:12|  views

An electrical substation exploded early on Tuesday in Bulgaria's Black Sea city of Burgas, damaging several apartments in a residential building, but leading to no casualties. Photo by BGNES

A total of 2411 Bulgarian electrical substations are located near or within buildings, officials have revealed.

On Tuesday, a power substation exploded in a residential building in Bulgaria's Burgas, severely damaging several apartments. The accident prompted the government to consider banning the placement of power substations in buildings.

Some 40 electrical substations in Burgas are located in residential buildings.

EVN Bulgaria hopes to establish what caused the accident as soon as possible, EVN representative Kostadin Velichkov has told the Bulgarian National Television.

EVN employees replaced a safety fuse in a Burgas electrical substation around 1:11 am on Tuesday, as EVN had received a call from local residents that smoke was coming out of it.

The substation exploded soon after the employees left. The blast slightly injured two children and their father. Many residents of the affected building had already left it, presumably saving their lives.

Several nearby shops have been completely destroyed. Fortunately, the accident did not result in any casualties.

EVN has promised to compensate the citizens whose apartments were severely damaged in the explosion.

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