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Fire, explosion at Evergy substation prompt KC metro power outages

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Posted at 9:02 PM, Jun 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-11 06:32:58-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — UPDATE, 5:30 a.m. Friday | As of 5:30 a.m. Friday, Evergy reported just 116 customers without power and BPU reported just six customers without power.

UPDATE, 11:11 p.m. | Evergy reports 3,311 customers were without power.

UPDATE, 10 p.m. | Evergy reports crews have restored power to about 5,800 customers. About 6,500 customers remain without power.

ORIGINAL STORY | Thousands of residences in the Kansas City metro were without power Thursday night following an explosion and fire at an Evergy substation.

A Johnson County official confirmed to 41 Action News that the affected substation was at Shawnee Mission Parkway and Lackman Road.

Evergy initially reported more than 11,600 customers without power, while BPU had more than 9,000 affected customers.

The explosion also knocked out the Nearman Power Plant and three substations in Kansas City, Kansas. The substations, according to the BPU spokesperson, were back online as of 9:25 p.m.

Affected areas included Rosedale and Central City, the spokesperson said.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.