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Stove cutoff after loud popping sound

Kenmore Smooth Top Stove, Back right heating element has not been working. Today I turned it on by accident and it made a loud popping sound, red flash and the entire stove cutoff. Any suggestions on what to try or look for?

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The element burnt in to and arced which is the loud noice you heard red flash of light. It probably tripped the breaker at the electrical panel. Don't turn it back on until someone checks the element and replaces it.

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