Boston, Massachusetts 2022-05-17 16:12:34 –
A part of Boston’s busy streets was temporarily closed as firefighters responded to reports of a manhole explosion.
A mobile phone video captured a flame firing from the ground near the intersection of Fairfield and Boylston Street early Tuesday. Two manholes were involved in this case.
“We felt a boom at our feet and clearly saw it. The manhole was 10 to 15 feet in the air and the flames were erupting from the basement,” said surveyor Peter Kondek. “Fortunately, we weren’t close to anything, but it was definitely alarming and could have been a detrimental situation for us.”
Another man on the Condeck crew said he stood on the manhole cover all morning to make measurements. One crew member said he saw one of the 100-200 pound manhole covers soaring into the air and crashing into the pavement and split in half.
“If someone is near the object or happens to be standing on it, they will be seriously injured,” Condeck said. “If a car is being driven to park and there is a car on top of it, you can only imagine what happened to that car.”
No injuries have been reported.
The National Grid and Eversource crew are also on site.
No power outages have been reported, but Eversource’s crew said a power outage may be needed to repair the damage.
The cause of the explosion has not been clarified.
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