NEWTON, Mass. — Power has been restored to more than 200 people who lost electricity Friday afternoon when a manhole exploded on a busy street in Newton.
The explosion occurred in front of the Farm Grill & Rotisserie on Needham Street in Newton before 5 p.m.
“It shook like a time bomb went off,” an employee with Farm Grill said. “We thought something blew up.”
No one was hurt, but photos showed large chunks of rock and other debris on the road.
The cause of the explosion was not immediately clear.
Multiple streets closed in area
SALEM, Mass. —Parts of Central Street in Salem was closed Tuesday afternoon after several manhole covers exploded.
According to National Grid, approximately 300 customers lost power.
The Salem Fire Department was at the the scene and National Grid was at working to restore power.
Police closed Central, Charter and Lafayette streets from Derby to Front streets to vehicles and pedestrians.
8 manholes blow off in downtown Providence
An underground fire caused eight manhole covers to blow off in an area on the edge of downtown Providence, and two people suffered minor injuries.
National Grid President Tim Horan said officials are investigating what caused the fire Monday morning, forcing the covers to lift up. He said high carbon dioxide levels were detected in 300 Richmond Street, which is used by Women & Infants Hospital. Fire personnel had responded there to reports of an odor, when the explosions began.
The surrounding area was evacuated.
Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare said two pedestrians suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital. He said the situation is under control and that people would be allowed back into their buildings as repairs are made and readings show it is safe.
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