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Sparks fly from electrical wires after vehicle crashes into pole

A dramatic video shows electrical wires sparking with minor explosions after two vehicles collided at an intersection in south London.

Eyewitness said that no one was inside the vehicle as wires caught fire

An eye witness said that everyone made it out of the vehicle shortly before the utility pole it hit started to spark. 1:02

A dramatic video shows electrical wires sparking along with minor explosions after two vehicles collided at an intersection in south London.

The crash happened at the intersection of Wellington Road and Southdale Road on Saturday afternoon and cut power to homes and businesses in the community for hours.

"I was surprised actually," said Tyler Van Gaalen, who was at the intersection at the time of the crash and recorded video of the scene with his iPhone. 

"There's two little kids in the van that hit the hydro pole and five family members - a full van load."

Gaalen said there were a couple "scrapes and bruises" but no serious injuries. 

A spark from an electrical fire lights up the sky after a utility pole is snapped following a car crash at Wellington Road and Southdale Road on Saturday. (Tyler Van Gaalen)

He said the family made it out of the vehicle well before the wires started to spark.

"We were giving statements to the officers about 30 minutes (after the accident)," said van Gaalen. "We're all standing there talking and out of nowhere it started flaring up."

Something out of science class

Van Gaalen said he started to record the explosive scene while slowly walking back from the intersection. 

"Definitely something out of a movie," he told CBC News, adding that it was "very, very loud."

"At high school in science class I've seen a little bit of this on a smaller scale," said van Gaalen. "But never that much."

Police said that they will monitor the scene overnight as repair crews with London Hydro work to restore electricity to customers in the area.