SAN BERNARDINO -- An interesting series of events were touched off Saturday afternoon when a vehicle crashed into a power pole sending live power lines onto a house, energizing the pipes and causing the natural gas meter to explode.

Around 3:30 p.m., a man driving in the 200 block of S. Muscott Street crashed into a power pole, knocking over the pole and sending energized power lines over a home, said Sgt. Rich Hale of the San Bernardino Police Department.

The live wires managed to energize the metal pipes in the home, Hale said, which caused the home's gas meter to explode. The explosion then ignited the gas escaping from the broken meter, he said.

Authorities evacuated nearby homes fearing the fire would spread, Hale stated. Officers also shut down the street to allow firefighters and crews to work on the blaze.

"We called (Southern California) Edison and they were on scene fast," Hale said.

Crews cut the electricity to the power lines allowing firefighters to extinguish the blaze.

No one was injured during any portion of the incident, Hale said.

It's unclear what caused the driver to crash into the pole, however the unidentified man was arrested for reasons unrelated to the crash, Hale said.


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