Smart Meters explode in California

SmartMeterThe local CBS station reported Monday that a power surge left thousands without power for most of the day in Stockton after smart meters on their homes exploded.

The explosions started after a truck crashed into a utility pole, causing a surge around 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning. Neighbors in the South Stockton area described it as a large pop, a bomb going off, and strong enough to shake a house.

“The neighbor across the street, his meter doesn’t look as bad but his receptacles are all blackened.”

PG&E says a dump truck crashed near its Alpine substation on Arch Road. When the truck hit the utility pole, the top wire fell onto the bottom wire, creating a power surge.

SmartMeterSystem“The top lines are considered our freeways. The bottom lines are our distribution lines taking power directly to homes,” said PG&E spokeswoman Brandi Ehlers. “So when the two collide, they’re at different voltages and the higher voltage wins out, causing an overload.”

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