SPARKS were seen flying through the air of a residential street yesterday morning after a telegraph pole was dislodged when it was struck by a dustcart.
The incident happened in St Mary’s Road, in Braintree at around 10.50am - leaving 40 homes without electricity for most of the day.
Residents looked on in shock as the rogue power cable whipped in front of a row of houses.
Braintree District Council blamed the incident on an illegally parked car.
A council spokesman said: "Due to a car being illegally parked in St Mary's Road, Braintree, a refuse vehicle was forced to reverse down the street and unfortunately struck an electricity pole, causing a power outage."
“Nobody was injured in the incident, and the refuse vehicle has been removed. Police have also removed the car.
“UK Power Networks are on site to replace the pole and ensure power is returned as soon as possible.
"In the meantime Braintree District Council staff are visiting properties to check on the welfare of residents, whilst the Red Cross are also in attendance providing hot drinks and blankets."
An Essex Police spokesman said: "Officers closed the road, the dustcart had been moved by 2.10pm.
"Police also towed a Peugeot out of the way to gain access to the incident.
"Officers are seeking to contact the owner."
UK Power Networks apologised for the situation and said it is doing all it can to restore electricity to the homes.
A spokesman for the firm said: “UK Power Networks engineers are currently working hard to restore power to 40 customers in the St Mary’s Road area of Braintree after a vehicle collided with one of our electricity poles this morning (Tuesday).
“Power was initially interrupted to 20 customers at about 10.50am when the incident took place but in order for our engineers to safely repair the damage, electricity supplies to a further 40 customers had to be switched off at about midday.
“Supplies were restored to normal for 20 of those customers by about 1pm and we would like to reassure the remaining customers that we are working hard to restore their supplies as soon as we can. We realise how difficult it can be to be without power, especially during the winter and apologise for any inconvenience.”