Giant smoke ring hovering over College Station causes stir
A blown transformer in College Station on Thursday caused a lingering smoke ring in the evening sky.
The transformer, housed in a substation in southern College Station, blew up at 8:20 p.m., causing about 3,000 customers in that city to lose power, said Carol Roach, spokeswoman for College Station Utilities.
The substation is shared with neighboring Bryan Texas Utilities, which owns the current transformer that failed, said that utility’s spokesman, Paul Buckner.
"There’s oil inside that transformer, and that’s what caught on fire," Buckner said. "We are still investigating the cause."