SSEN have confirmed that a 'large section of debris' from the explosion that struck an electricity line caused the power cut in Didcot this morning.

Power went out across Didcot and surrounding areas seconds after the demolition of the power station. 


The substation which serves Didcot and Abingdon, as well as Wantage, Wallingford and even parts of the Chilterns blew.

SSEN say 40,000 homes were affected and power was 'fully restored' by 8.20am.

A spokesperson from SSEN said: “Initial investigations have confirmed that this morning’s power cut was caused by material related to the demolition of Didcot Power Station striking our overhead electricity network. 

"During the demolition, a large section of debris protection material became detached from one of the cooling towers and made contact with our 33kV overhead line, which was outside of the advised perimeter.  

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"This resulted in significant damage to the overhead line and subsequent network faults.

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“We are in contact with the station owner, RWE, to support them in their incident investigation alongside our own internal review into the network fault."

The electricity provider says it is "aware of reports of minor injuries and damage caused by the incident at Sutton Courtenay" and that anyone affected should contact them through the power cut helpline 105.

It is also working with police and other agencies to identify those impacted.

Footage on social media showed cables 'shaking' during the explosion and debris flying out. 

Traffic lights went out and cafes were having to turn away hungry spectators. 

Dramatic footage circulating on Twitter shows a pylon going up in flames and people who were gathered to watch the explosion running away.