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Photos: Live Power Lines Fall Onto 5 Freeway Traffic In Burbank

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For unknown reasons, power lines fell on top of the 5 freeway this afternoon in Burbank, completely halting traffic in both directions.

The live wires were reported down across the southbound lanes of the 5 at Alameda Avenue shortly after 2:30 p.m., according to the California Highway Patrol’s traffic log. The log also said a grass fire was reported next to a white Dodge Durango after an electrical wire hit the windshield. By 2:40 p.m. wires had stopped traffic in both lanes. A SigAlert was issued in both directions at 2:45 p.m. that was cancelled at 3:11 p.m. (LAist called CHP for more details but they weren't offering comment.)

KTLA reports that from its helicopter, a firefighter could be seen removing the wire shortly before lanes were reopened.

It's not known what caused the wires to fall. The Burbank police are warning the public to expect delays.

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