An Oktoberfest celebration in Huntingdon Beach was a disturbing event at a shopping and dining complex in Southern California during the annual event at Old World Village.
Five people were hurt and revelers scrambled for safety when a series of explosions in an underground electrical vault sent flames shooting into the sky. The flames appeared to be 35 to 40 feet high.Two firefighters and two civilians were injured. It was a giant ball of fire erupting into the night sky. The first explosion splattered heated mineral oil used to cool the transformers and possibly ignited subsequent blasts, authorities said at a Sunday press conference. The cause is under investigation.
Huntington Beach firefighters worked to evacuate all of the restaurant's patrons and made sure the fire was under control. Some patrons had reported smells of gas. Part of the village was evacuated. Fire officials say among those who were injured were patrons of the shopping and dining complex. multiple ambulances were on scene. Huntington Beach’s Oktoberfest fest, an American version of the famous German event, lasts for two months as an “old world European” style dining, shopping, and entertainment complex.