Didcot power cut: Thousands of homes without power and traffic lights out after station demolition sparks huge power outage

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THOUSANDS of homes have been left without power after the Didcot power station demolition sparked a huge power cut.

The three cooling towers were brought to the ground at the Oxfordshire town at 7am – with thousands of homes and traffic lights being left in the dark.

Crowds watched as the three cooling towers were brought to the ground this morning
Crowds watched as the three cooling towers were brought to the ground this morning
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A huge cloud of dust billowed into the air
A huge cloud of dust billowed into the air
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More than 2,700 postcodes have reportedly been affected.

It has been reported that a nearby substation, which services areas including Didcot, Abingdon and Wallingford, blew after the demolition.

Footage has also shown power lines on fire.

SSE have confirmed a fault is affecting thousands of areas, saying: “Our engineers are on site working hard to get the power back on as quickly as they can.”

Restoration is expected about 11am.

It comes after parts of the UK were hit with a power outage last week following a problem with National Grid.

Two generators failed on August 9 – the first major outage since 500,000 lost power in London in 2003.

Energy watchdog Ofgem has since called for an “urgent detailed report” to investigate.

The last three cooling towers at the Didcot A plant were brought down
The last three cooling towers at the Didcot A plant were brought down
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The three Didcot cooling towers were demolished this morning, sparking the power outage
The three Didcot cooling towers were demolished this morning, sparking the power outage
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