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Raw video: Arcing Powerlines Cause Tree Fire & Explosion

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Arcing wires are being blamed for a spectacular explosion that took place in this Northern Washington city over the weekend.

Trouble began when a 60-foot poplar tree swaying into high voltage power lines Saturday afternoon. The tree branches danced closer and closer to the lines, eventually catching on fire.

Kaleb Skurdal was driving by when he saw the flames. He stopped his car, and started filming with his cell phone.

Raw video of the tree fire

"Like for five minutes I'm just like standing here," he said.

Skurdal and several others called the fire department.

But after 10 minutes, fire trucks had yet to arrive at the scene. Meantime, the electricity began pulsating, and the flames were intensifying, Skurdal said.

"Like every time it would hit, it would be like, 'Dzzzzz,' and basically sounded like a light sabre -- the light sabre sound in Star

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Added: Oct-6-2009 Occurred On: Oct-3-2009
By: Blunt_Force_Trauma
Arts and Entertainment
Tags: arcing, electrical, wires, powerline, create, tree fire, explosion
Location: Bellingham, Washington, United States (load item map)
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