Blown Transformer Blamed for waking residents near Walmart - But firsthand reports conflict
At about 3:30 am a loud noise was heard that sounded like a loud gunshot. Several minutes later it was followed by a second, but lessor, explosive sound.
Soon the emergency scanners put locals at rest. Many had been awakened by the sound and became alerted for prowlers as the were unable to identify the sounds that woke them from a sleep.
Many from as far away as the Intersection of Lindbergh and Motherlode heard the noise and soon went to a popular Facebook website called, "El Dorado County Watch" to check for neighborhood alerts.
It was here that scanner traffic and firsthand reports first became known.
Katie. "At first I thought it was some one braking in! Then went out to check not out then Heard another one!"
Darcy H. was the first to ID the sound, "Blown transformer. Possible grass fire, responders are on their way" she wrote.
She added, "Their confirming with all engines, power lines down @3:33am. I might not have power in a minute."
Janet G. reported hearing it from, "Near Lindbergh and Motherlode" and Darcy H. heard it from, "down Forni near weber creek bridge btwn Herbert Green and In & out."
About 40 minutes after Lisa K. confirmed that,T"he sheriff said blown transformer with small grass fire near Walmart. I smell the smoke."
Leah F. added, "That was a pretty huge explosion to hear it all the way over here on Missouri Flat by Green Valley church."
Darcy H. "It was louder than any firework or gun shot.....I went out and looked up because I recall how loud it was when the transformers blew up in the Northridge Earthquake. I was visiting there and it woke us up at a similar hour. Very scary."
But the information became less clear as events, and reports continued to unfold.
Stacie H. "But on scanner just now heard them ask units if they needed PGE and they said no did not seem to be power lines?"
Robin K. "The sheriff told us that this was the third location tonight. Not aware of any transformer. Huge explosion with immediate fire." At 4:30 am She added, "We were told one near Safeway, one at Wal-Mart and not sure of the other. I live near Wal-Mart. Heard the explosion saw the fire out my window and called 911. Went our and spoke with sheriff again and they said they have not confirmed what caused of the explosion but Forni is now blocked off and they are turning cars around."
Katie L. "My husband put out the fire with an extinguisher before the fire department or sheriffs could even get here. No injuries. There wasn't any transformers on this corner to explode.......it sounded like a gunshot. I have no clue what started the fire."
NOTE: Every report above is first hand, but unconfirmed! We will report when investigators release an official statement.