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UPDATE: Eastbound lanes of US 50 open in Stateline, westbound lanes remain closed (video)

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NV Energy crews work to restore power in Stateline on Sunday, April 1.
Nevada Highway Patrol

Douglas County Sheriff’s Office is reporting that it should be safe for one lane of U.S. 50 in each direction to open by 12:30 a.m. Monday.

NVEnergy.com reports three customer continue to be affected by the outage. The estimated time for the power to be restored is 5 a.m.

NVRoads.com reports that as of 11:45 p.m. the eastbound lanes of U.S. 50 are open to traffic. Westbound lanes are blocked with traffic being detoured.

2 p.m.Update: Electrical work under US 50 in Stateline to last into Sunday night (video)

Electrical work under U.S. 50 is estimated to last until 11 p.m. after an explosion early Easter morning.

The blast left a crater in the middle of the highway.

Douglas County authorities, along with the Nevada Highway Patrol and Nevada Department of Transportation have the area cordoned off while utility workers complete repairs.

11 a.m. Update:

Douglas authorities are checking with the Stateline casinos to see if there is any video footage of the blast, which caused a portion of Highway 50 to erupt near the Hard Rock Casino.

Emergency personnel are expected to be handling to the Stateline utility explosion for an undetermined amount of time.

As of 10:45 a.m., a count of Douglas County Search & Rescue personnel was being sought to determine how many people will need to be fed Easter lunch while working.

Highway 50 is still closed through Stateline. NV Energy and Southwest Gas are working on utilities under the highway that are being blamed for the blast.

NV Energy shows five customers are still without power in the casino core.

Most of the Stateline casinos have their own generators.

NV Energy estimates power will be restored at 12:15 p.m. The power went out at 5:11 a.m.


ORIGINAL POST: Highway 50 in Stateline closed due to utility explosion

U.S. 50 through Stateline is closed after an explosion in a power conduit knocked out electricity.

Tahoe Douglas firefighters, NV Energy and Southwest Gas utility workers are at the scene.

The incident occurred around 5 a.m. Sunday. There are no reports of injuries as a result of the blast.

Nearly 400 NV Customers are without power as a result of the incident.

Nevada Department of Transportation, Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies, and Douglas County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue responded to the incident.

Estimated restoration of power is noon today, according to http://www.nvenergy.com.

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