A snapped hydro pole is held up by the wires on the construction site at Five Corners in Chilliwack Friday morning, Dec. 6, 2019. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

A snapped hydro pole is held up by the wires on the construction site at Five Corners in Chilliwack Friday morning, Dec. 6, 2019. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

Chilliwack fire crews on scene of blown transformer at Five Corners construction site

Snapped power pole visible from the street

Stretches of Nowell and Princess streets were blocked Friday morning downtown Chilliwack as emergency responders dealt with a blown transformer and a snapped power pole on the Five Corners construction site.

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Neighbours reported hearing a large explosion at around 10 a.m.

”That was a loud boom, holy!” one said on Yale Road as a Chilliwack firefighter taped off the driveway.

The firefighter was also ordered to evacuate the nearby Uptown Grill on Yale Road.

Fire trucks had Nowell blocked to vehicle traffic between Yale and Princess, and Princess blocked between Nowell and Young Road.

A witness suggested a nearby excavator on site had accidentally brought the wires down leading to the transformer explosion.

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A Chilliwack firefighter blocks a driveway of Yale Road near Five Corners construction where a transformer blew and a hydro pole was snapped Friday morning, Dec. 6, 2019. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)

A Chilliwack firefighter blocks a driveway of Yale Road near Five Corners construction where a transformer blew and a hydro pole was snapped Friday morning, Dec. 6, 2019. (Paul Henderson/ The Progress)