COLUMBIA — Residents and businesses in south Columbia lost power Sunday because of a broken power line, Battalion Chief Steven Sapp of the Columbia Fire Department said.
Firefighters were dispatched to control a few minor fires caused by the broken line and were able to put out the fires within minutes, Sapp said.
“We heard a loud explosion. It sounded like a bomb,” Deer Valley resident Ryan Stoll said. Then the power went out around 2:30 p.m., Stoll said.
The Walmart on Nifong Boulevard closed due to the power outage, and residents in Campus View, Deer Valley and Huntridge, among others, have reported loss of power.