Authorities responded en masse after electrical vault explosions shook the Old World Oktoberfest celebration in Huntington Beach on Saturday night.
A series of explosions rocked an Oktoberfest gathering in Huntington Beach on Oct. 5, 2019. (Credit: Kyle Nelson)
Two firefighters and two civilians were treated for injuries initially described as minor, Huntington Beach Fire Department officials said.
The incident was first reported as a transformer fire shortly after 8 p.m. at the celebration, centered at Center Avenue and Huntington Village Lane, according to Huntington Beach Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeff Lopez. While firefighters were investigating, the explosions occurred.
“As they went to open up an underground electrical vault where there was supposedly the issue going on, there was an explosion,” Lopez said. “They reported a minute or so later another explosion and they called for help.”