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TDIFest 2011 Discussion about TDIFest 2011 on the Labour Day weekend (September 2-4th, 2011) in Lexington, KY.

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Old September 5th, 2011, 16:29   #1
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Default Leaving the fest, anyone else see this??

As I was leaving the fest Sunday (I left just as it started raining hard, the raffle was still wrapping up), I witnessed a pole transformer explode as I was waiting to turn onto KY4/ new circle road. The stop light blinked a couple times and rain and wind were starting to get very violent. All of a sudden there was a blinding blue flash and a shower of sparks just behind me. At first I thought lightning hit it. Just wondering if anyone else saw it or if I was the only one! Definitely not something I'll forget for a while!
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Old September 5th, 2011, 16:42   #2
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Didn't see it, but I work in the electric utility business, and electrical items can make some pretty dramatic displays. Even something as minor as a blowing transformer fuse is enough to kake you jump out of your shoes.
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Old September 5th, 2011, 17:28   #3
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yeah wife saw it from our room!
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Old September 5th, 2011, 18:45   #4
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Oh man wish I had seen it. They can also be pretty loud when they blow. All I had was some band playing at the bar next door blasting into my room until 11:00 last night.
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Old September 5th, 2011, 20:29   #5
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yeah wife saw it from our room!

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Old September 5th, 2011, 21:50   #6
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I happened to also see it. I was surprised that the hotel didn't lose power, but the book store and seafood restaurant (and probably others) did for about 5 seconds before an alternate supply was connected.
Pretty impressive, I thought.
Oh yeah, the flash was impressive too.
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Old September 5th, 2011, 22:19   #7
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The "fault" was probably isolated by the transformer fuse(s) and/or may have been downstream from the hotel or simply on another feeder. Sometimes even a branch across the primaries can make a huge shower of sparks and blow fuses.
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Old September 5th, 2011, 23:27   #8
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I was lying in bed at the time, but recall a peculiar sounding thunder clap which touched down rather close to the hotel and was alarming, but chalked it up to Kentucky thunder just sounding different and went back to bed.
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Old September 6th, 2011, 11:52   #9
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I was looking out the window of the room and saw what looked like lighting out by that stoplight. I guess it was the xformer blowing up!
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Old September 6th, 2011, 20:34   #10
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Yeah, I heard it from the room......thought it was Thunder! And, the utility trucks and repairmen were on-site working on it as we drove into town for Breakfast!
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Just a little tidbit about power lines: The fuses have a little explosive charge inside that does two things: Mechanically separate the fuse so a lineman observing from the road can see the "open load", and also: blow out any arc that that might start if a standard type fuse is used. So a fuse blowing can be really dramatic. BANG and lots of sparks!
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Old September 6th, 2011, 21:30   #12
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Yep, like a shotgun, but even louder.

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