KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

SF Explosion Shuts Down Businesses



Bookmark and Share

Dozens of businesses, left without power, closed their doors Friday following the early morning explosion.

Usually people and businesses look forward to Friday, the last day of the workweek before a weekend of relaxation, but for some businesses this morning coming into work, without power was something they never expected.

Downtown Sioux Falls, is usually a busy site in the mornings, you could see people walking to work, eating at various restaurants, or shopping, but Friday morning, the city looked like a ghost town.

Dozens of signs hung in business doorways that said, closed due to power outage and closed until electricity is back.

For Mark Gillespie, General Manager of the Phillips Avenue Diner downtown, he said his day took a turn for the worse when the early morning underground explosion, stopped his business from operating.

"Pretty negatively, being that we're closed," said Gillespie.

Gillespie said he's holding onto the hope that Excel will figure out how to turn the power back on soon, but while crews are barring the cold, trying to figure out what caused the unexpected boom, Gillespie and his team are working to stay positive.

"Trying to be productive and proactive while we're closed and doing whatever we can to get re-opened as soon as possible," said Gillespie.

Kaladi's Coffee Legend & Bistro Downtown is another business affected by the explosion; the early riser hotspot usually opens its doors at 6:45 in the morning.

"We basically just had to keep the doors locked and not open and wait until we heard word from excel energy," said Erika Lyle, Kaladi’s Manager.

Word came nearly three hours later; they finally opened their doors for business at 10a.m.

"We lost out a little bit, but back in action," said Lyle.

While the Phillips Avenue Diner hopes to be back in action soon too,
Gillespie says they'll STAY posted at the restaurant, to answer questions for hungry people wanting to dine.

"We're staying here just for the presence of our customers. Just let them know the situation and we're trying to resolve it as quickly as possible," said Gillespie.

Not only are businesses affected, some people that live downtown, are left without power and no warm place to sleep Friday night.

The Red Cross has set up cots for people to use their shelter if needed.

Officials have asked people to steer clear of downtown to reduce the amount of traffic around the areas where crews are working around the clock to restore power.
< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >
     

SF Sets New Building Permit Record: $610M  story with video

The City of Sioux Falls will be ringing in the New Year with a new multi-million ...

Search Resumes For AirAsia Jet

Officials say ships and planes are resuming their search for AirAsia Flight 8501 ...

High Demand For Gift Cards During Holidays   story with video

The growth in gift card popularity is undeniable. And officials with The National Retail ...

Update: SF Police Investigate Armed Robbery  Dec. 28

Family Says Hartford Man Died From Flu  Dec. 28

SFPD Arrests Man For Sunday Morning Murder  Dec. 28

Walmart Buys Unused & Unredeemed Gift Cards  Dec. 28

Data: Iowa School Buses Flagged For Safety Issues  Dec. 28

South Dakota Stores See Sales Spike From Tax Break  Dec. 28

South Dakota December Hog Inventory Up 4 Percent  Dec. 28

SD State Parks To Host First Day Hikes  Dec. 28

SF Police To Take Underprivileged Children Bowling  Dec. 28

Grants Available For Youth Conservation Education  Dec. 28

Mammoth Site Scientists Help Study Rare Bison  Dec. 27

1 Dead, 2 Injured In Corson Co. Collision  Dec. 27

Recent Snowfall Causing Delays & Scares   Dec. 27

Hamlin Co. Deputy: "No Ice Is Safe Ice"   story with video  Dec. 27

Hendricks Residents Welcome New Theater  story with video  Dec. 27

1 Dead, 1 Injured In Collision Near Philip  Dec. 27

2 Mountain Lions Killed During Season's 1st Day  Dec. 27

KDLT News Archive
     

Family Says Hartford Man Died From Flu

An elementary school counselor from West Central ...

2 Dead In Rollover Crash Near Marion

Two people are dead following a rollover crash in southeast South ...

Hendricks Residents Welcome New Theater  story with video

Moviegoing is the number one leisure activity in the U. S. , attracting ...

SFPD Arrests Man For Sunday Morning Murder  Dec. 28

1 Dead, 1 Injured In Collision Near Philip  Dec. 27

1 Dead, 2 Injured In Corson Co. Collision  Dec. 27

Hamlin Co. Deputy: "No Ice Is Safe Ice"   story with video  Dec. 27

SF Apartment Fire Starts In Trash Can  Dec. 27

KDLT News Archive
     

PARKSTON CLASSIC: Ethan Outlasts Sully Buttes  story with video

PARKSTON, S. D.   --  Shrugging off a slow start, 4th-ranked Ethan outlasted ...

MIKE MILLER CLASSIC: Washington Rolls While Mitchell Falls  story with video

MITCHELL, S. D.   --  The opening day of ...

Stampede Rally Past Fargo In Shootout  story with video

Sioux Falls, SD—It might have been the first game after the holiday break, but the ...

Skyforce Snap Austin's 10-Game Win Streak  story with video  Dec. 27

ENTRINGER CLASSIC: Madison & Deuel Win Nailbiters  story with video  Dec. 27

KDLT Sports 2014 Bloopers Of The Year  story with video  Dec. 26

Drew II Plays Santa Claus In Skyforce Christmas Win  story with video  Dec. 26

Pro Bowl Nod Adds To Vinatieri's Legacy  story with video  Dec. 26

KDLT Sports Stories
     
Back To Top