How was everyone's night? Let me tell you about mine... first I got to work and nothing was going on. We all ate an enjoyed a good dinner of pizza, and then we sat on the couch to veg out. First tone goes off for Quint 33 to investigate some wires down. About 2 minutes later, Engine 37 goes out to investigate some wires. Then 30 seconds later Lt. comes running in from the parking lot yelling "You guys gotta come see this ****! The whole ****ing sky is lit up green, and orange!" We run outside, and see nothing
Then we get our first call for wires down, and boy oh boy it never ended. The entire time were responding to our calls were seeing trees fall, transformers blow up. We were actually standing next to a tree when one of the limbs fell off from about 40 feet (GIANT oak tree) and smashed to bits on the ground, then we realized it had landed some a mailbox... and the mail was still in it
We got the hell outta that warzone and then got a call for a house fire. Wires has partially pulled out of the house and set the attic on fire, that lasted about an hour. Back in service at 23:00 or so, and go on a few more calls. Get back to quarters at 00:00, and finally try to relax. We fall asleep, 02:30 I wake up because the wind is blowing pretty good and trees are snapping everywhere. Round 2 starts! More power lines down, more fire. Oh, and to make things more cooler, the entire night were out we kept seeing those green flashes that Lt. was talking about. There is a rather large substation in the middle of the city that supplys the entire south/eastern part of Kettering that exploded, blew huge transformers 100's of feet in the air. DP&L kept doing a temp fix on the cables, and they just kept popping them off left and right. When we finally got back to quarters around 06:00 or so, our station is on a corner and its pretty wide open. Theres a lot of farm fields by us, but we can see the rest of the city to our North, plus you can see downtown Dayton from our parking lot. The only thing that was lit up was our station and parking lot (running on generator). The ENTIRE city of Kettering/Oakwood, and 90% of Dayton was pitch dark. It's one of the aeriest things I have EVER seen. Check out the video...
KETTERING: DP&L Works On Restoring Power - Video - WHIO Dayton