UPDATE

THE switch has been flipped across Bundaberg, with power restored to more than 9000 residents who were left in the dark last night.

Ergon Energy spokesman Rob Rehbein said crews worked quickly to restore power to residents in the affected areas, with most customers switched on just after 1am.

It's a situation Mr Rehbein can joke about now, saying it was lucky the blackout happened last night and not tonight in the middle of the NRL grand final. 

Mr Rehbein said the cause of the blackout was a damaged pole in Svensson Heights and the fire and loud bangs heard by residents in the area were symptoms from the damage.

"About 9000 customers in west and north Bundaberg were affected," Mr Rehbein said.

"We isolated that area and got it down to 260 by 10.30pm.

"After repairs, everyone was back on by 1.18am."

Mr Rehbein said the bangs were the sound of the fault going through a transformer.

He said those who reported the fire and the bangs aided Ergon crews in finding the cause and area in a timely manner.

People sitting at home weren't the only ones affected by the blackout.

Diners at the Spotted Dog Tavern on Bourbong St waited patiently while meals they ordered were cooked by the light of mobile phones.

EARLIER

LARGE areas of Bundaberg are without power tonight after an explosion near Bunnings Warehouse.

A resident reported seeing a massive glow over houses in the area,  while another reported hearing a massive explosion near the warehouse on Johanna Blvd.

One resident said the explosion was due to a transformer blowing near Lana's Farmers Market, but this is unconfirmed.

Bundaberg's CBD is like a ghost town.
Bundaberg's CBD is like a ghost town.

Movie-goers have also been left in the dark with Reading Cinemas losing power after the explosion, which happened just after 7.30pm.

The boom gates are down at the Railway Crossing and traffic lights on Maryborough and Bourbong Sts are also out.

The CBD looks like a ghost town for a Saturday night.

The news won't be welcome for some after the scorcher of a day.

Ergon Energy is aware of the problem and said area affected included Millbank, Kepnock, Bundaberg North, Branyan, Kensington, Sharon, Moolboolaman, Walkervale, Gooburrum, Bundaberg South, Bundaberg West, Bundaberg, Svensson Heights, Pacific Haven, Bundaberg Central, Norville and Avoca.

They said the situation required emergency repairs and staff were trying to find the fault.



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