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Explosion Rocks Waikīkī Area, HECO Engaged in Repairs

Waikīkī residents were startled by a powerful explosion that occurred near the intersection of Mccully Street and Kalākaua Avenue yesterday afternoon at approximately 12:27 p.m.

The blast resulted in a significant disruption, leaving HECO (Hawaiian Electric Company) personnel rushing to the scene to address the aftermath.

Eyewitnesses reported hearing a loud boom that shook the vicinity.

Upon the arrival of the Honolulu Fire Department (HFD), they discovered that the explosion had forcefully lifted a section of the sidewalk along Niu Street.

Several electrical covers were found displaced from their original positions, scattered around the area where they were embedded.

Russell Odegaard, who witnessed the incident, shared his experience, stating, “I was in my car in the parking garage, and I just heard a big bang.

Suddenly, the entire garage lit up for a moment.”

While the exact cause of the explosion is yet to be determined, HECO crews swiftly arrived at the site to commence the necessary repairs.

Ensuring the safety of the area and restoring any damaged infrastructure are their primary objectives.

The investigation into the incident will involve assessing the electrical systems and identifying the factors that led to this sudden and alarming event.

Residents and local businesses in the vicinity are advised to exercise caution until further notice.

HECO urges everyone to report any suspicious activity or signs of electrical malfunctioning immediately to prevent potential hazards.

As the investigation progresses and repairs continue, the community eagerly awaits more information about the cause of the explosion and the measures being taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.

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