Utility-issued ‘smart’ meters explode on 5,000 homes after truck rams utility pole

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
By Paul Martin

by: Jonathan Benson
Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Thousands of California residents were left without power recently after their so-called “smart” meters exploded due to an unexpected power surge. According to CBS Sacramento, more than 5,000 homes in the Stockton area were left with blackened, charred, and completely destroyed smart meters after a dump truck crashed into a nearby utility pole, pulling the static line down onto the distribution line.

When the two lines intersect, stated PG&E spokeswoman Brandi Ehlers to the media, the resultant surge causes a major overload to the system. And when smart meters are involved, this overload can cause the meters themselves to pop and literally blow up, potentially causing a fire or other property damage not typically caused by traditional analog meters.

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

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