Explosion forces evacuation in Gulfport neighborhood

GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - About 100 Mississippi Power customers remain without power as emergency crew continue to respond to an alleged transformer explosion in Gulfport near Cowan Road, north of Pass Road.

According to a Mississippi Power spokesperson, electric crews have been told to back off as firefighters continue to try and pinpoint the source of a gas leak that resulted in the fire.

Responders have partially evacuated residents living within a quarter mile of the intersection of Magnolia and Pine streets where the accident occurred.

Witnesses told WLOX News they heard a large explosion around 11:30 a.m. from what appeared to be an electric transformer.

WLOX News will keep you up-to-date on the situation.

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