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Video: Exploding manhole gives firefighters a scare in Yorba Linda


Two Orange County firefighters were investigating a fire in Yorba Linda on Sunday evening by peering down a manhole ... when a huge fireball suddenly erupted straight into their faces. Luckily, neither man was seriously injured.

The incident was caught on tape thanks to the dashboard camera on a Brea police cruiser.

In the above video, the first of four explosions can be seen just after the 20-second mark. Three more underground explosions quickly followed, knocking out power to more than 3,000 Southern California Edison customers, according to the Orange County Register. SCE crews finally disabled the faulty equipment.

The incident occurred at about 8 p.m. on Yorba Linda Boulevard near Fairmont Boulevard, near an SCE electrical substation. The exact cause of the explosions remains under investigation

Although the firefighters only got their faces singed, fire Captain David Wolf was blown into the bushes and had to be carried to safety by his fellow firefighter and an officer.

“I consider myself very, very lucky,” Wolf later told CBS.