LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Now that the storms have ended, there are a lot of downed tree limbs and power lines. Never touch a downed power line and use extreme caution whenever tree branches are in contact with wires.
WAVE3 reporter Bill Menish knows firsthand how important this advice is after a small explosion near sagging power lines overhead on live television this morning.
Power lines were down in Strathmoor Village and Bill was standing near a tree that had been toppled by high winds - the top of which was resting against high-tension power lines that were still intact.
Even as he was warning others to be careful about branches and power lines on the ground, a transformer just above and behind him exploded, giving him quite a jolt. Fortunately, he was only startled and was not hurt. He maintained his composure and professionalism. The first reaction was that a transformer had exploded, but it may have simply been a short circuit that caused a loud bang and a flash. In any case, the danger is real.