Correction: An incorrect day of the week for the outage was listed in an earlier version of this story.

More than 5,000 Pacific Gas & Electric Co. customers in Seaside, Monterey and Del Rey Oaks were without electricity early Wednesday.

The power outage was caused when a primary connector underground near Canyon Del Rey and Fremont boulevards broke between 9 and 9:30 a.m., said Dave DeMato, PG&E's Central Coast Division superintendent.

Most customers had power back by early afternoon.

DeMato said the connector likely failed because it was old, but it would take several days of investigating to know the exact reason.

The system failure may have resulted in a large bang, which some callers to PG&E described as an explosion. Others reported smelling natural gas. PG&E crews were unable to find any gas leaks.

Seaside and Monterey fire departments were the first to arrive at the scene, but there was no fire and no injuries were reported. Fremont Boulevard was closed for a short time near Canyon Del Rey.


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