Explosion at California Huntingdon Beach: Oktoberfest Explosions Causes Multiple Injuries

Explosion at California Huntingdon Beach

Explosion at California Huntingdon Beach

The explosion was reported at 8:10 p.m. at the shopping and dining complex at 7561 Center Avenue.

A series of explosions has rocked an Oktoberfest celebration in Huntington Beach, California leaving multiple people injured, At least 2 firefighters and 2 civilians injured and rushed to the hospital.


Dozens of people may be injured Saturday after a utility pole exploded into flames at the Old World Village’s Oktoberfest celebration in Huntington Beach, authorities said.

An underground electrical vault exploded at a restaurant in Huntington Beach, California, Saturday, leaving four people injured.

Video from witnesses shows a giant ball of fire erupting into the night sky. Witness Kyle Nelson told CNN affiliate KTLA-TV that he heard and saw three large explosions in rapid succession emanating from the festival. He managed to catch one of them on camera.
Huntington Beach firefighters worked to evacuate all of the restaurant’s patrons and made sure the fire was under control, Lopez said.
Two firefighters and two civilians were injured in the explosion. All of the injuries are minor, Lopez said.
Fire investigators arrived on scene and are working with the Southern California Edison power company to investigate the cause of the explosion and whether gas had anything to do with it because some patrons had reported smells of gas, Lopez said.

While a heavy presence of fire and police personnel tended to the injured, hundreds of others attending an Oktoberfest event evacuated the area. Power appeared to have been shut off to the complex, the newspaper reported.

Explosion Causes

Fire investigators arrived on scene and are working with the Southern California Edison power company to investigate the cause of the explosion and whether gas had anything to do with it because some patrons had reported smells of gas, Lopez said.