- Associated Press - Thursday, August 27, 2015

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) - The latest in a series of electrical vault problems briefly left thousands without power in Long Beach.

Firefighters found smoke coming from an underground vault north of downtown shortly before 3 p.m. Thursday, although officials say there were no flames and no explosion.

Southern California Edison says the problem left 2,700 customers without electricity but power was restored within an hour.

There’s no word on what caused the problem, which occurred in the midst of a heat wave.

Last month, several vault fires left at least 30,000 customers in the dark, some for up to two days.

An outage two weeks earlier affected about 6,300 downtown homes and businesses. It took three days to repair.

However, Edison says the latest outage is unrelated to the previous ones.

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