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you may have triped half your 220v breaker. (you should have shut it off when reparieng wire or it would have been live and zaped you) Or something in line with the wire that shorted blew out like a fuse in the range.
> (I think it is 50 watts or volts??) Most electric ranges are supplied with 220 volts - this is, especially at 60 Hz, deadly.You were lucky this time. If the wires are not welded onto the element contacts, they might be so-called 'quick-disconnects' that pull straight off of blades that are part of the elelment. You probably haven't hurt the range with the momentary short circuit since the chassis of the range is connected to neutral or ground so you just gave your breaker a workout.BTW, I have had to replace late breakers after they tripped. They wouldn't stay reset any more even after the problem was removed from the circuit.Don't be surprised if yours doesn't stay reset; it may not be a fault causing it.
That poof that you heard was a shorted wire. More than likely you would not see it, but there is wires behind it.I would say you tripped a breaker or blew a fuse. Did you put the screw back in it that hold it in. If not turn off breaker before you do. Do you have breakers or fuses.
This is a very strange one, and you don't say how old this unit is or how long you have had problems with it, but most likely you have a poor electrical connection. (Assuming your 50 Amp breaker for your range did not trip and you have power to everything else in your home) Turn the breaker off and unplug the range. Remove the cover over the receptacle you just pulled the plug from and check all the electrical connections. If all OK, check the electrical connections where the cord attaches to the range. If still OK, inspect additional range and household wiring to range, including the connections right on the circuit breaker