Underground blasts rattle Atlanta, blow off manhole covers

Georgia News
VIDEO: Smoke billows in ATL street following reports of explosions

An electrical problem sparked nearly a dozen underground explosions in midtown Atlanta on Wednesday morning.

But it isn’t all too uncommon.

In late 2008, two underground explosions occurred in Savannah.

The first occurred in August when repairs to underground power lines caused fire and smoke to billow from the ground.

Take a look back in the WSAV archives as JoAnn Merrigan reports on how the explosion impacted store businesses downtown.

The second explosion in Savannah happened later that year in December.

In Atlanta on Wednesday, witnesses reported about 10 large explosions around 8:00 a.m.

Manhole covers were reportedly blown off during the explosions and several blocks of Peachtree Street, the main artery through the city, were shut down.

No injuries were reported, but some patients at Emory University Hospital Midtown were moved away from the street as a precaution.

According to Fire Rescue spokesman Cortez Stafford, investigators suspect rainwater got into a transformer, prompting the explosions.

But officials are working to determine the exact cause.

Story info via WSAV, AP, CNN

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