This happened a few days ago…
I am happily playing Lord of the Rings Online when suddenly all power went off. Then there was a loud BOOM followed by two more loud BOOMS. Then, the distinct sound of electricity was everywhere!
I heard yelling and could smell smoke. Out to the front porch I dashed to see fire blazing two houses down from us. You could hear the hum and crackle of electricity. There were live wires down. One wire fell on our neighbor’s roof and she was running across the street as fast as she could.
Someone hit the power pole. Within a couple of minutes, we were surrounded by police and fire trucks. They blocked off the road and told us to stay put until it was under control. We had a police car blocking the road right by our driveway on one side of our house, and a fire truck on the other side. It was pretty scary for a bit.
Six hours later, the pole had been replaced and
the power restored. I was impressed at how fast it was completed!