Underground Explosion Blows Off Manhole Covers
LOUISVILLE, KY - Emergency officials say an underground fire in downtown Louisville's underground electrical vaults is to blame for minor explosions that blew off manhole covers and led to some partial street closures.
No one was hurt in the episode that was reported Saturday morning, but the Louisville Metro Police Department nearby was forced to evacuate.
WAVE-TV reports witnesses told authorities they saw flames coming from the manholes after the covers blew off. Police closed sections of some roads, including Jefferson, Market and 7th streets. One explosion ripped an eight-foot hole in the asphalt.
Louisville Gas and Electric had to isolate the vaults and remove power to them while keeping power to nearby buildings before the fire could be extinguished.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.