Shocking new video shows power lines in storm-plagued Louisiana explode in a burst of flames and sparks when they made contact with a frozen tree branch.
The footage, shot Wednesday in Baton Rouge and posted Thursday on the video-sharing site newsflare.com, shows the power lines first start to flare up, followed by a large blast of sparks that light up the night sky.
The homeowner who shot the footage, identified only as Dexter, told Newsflare that he reported that the branch was sitting on the power lines three days earlier.
But before crews showed up to repair it power was restored in the neighborhood, sparking the blast outside his home.
The electrifying mishap comes as Louisiana and much of the southern US continues to cope with record snowfall and historic subfreezing temperatures that left millions in the dark and has claimed nearly 40 lives.
Almost 12,000 utility customers in the greater Baton Rouge area remained without power on Thursday morning, according to a report in The Advocate.
Power was restored to about 23,000 customers in the metro area on Wednesday, including those in Dexter’s neighborhood.