Authorities Investigating Underground Explosion In Center City

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Authorities are investigating an underground explosion in Center City Saturday night.

At about 7:15 p.m., an electrical fire underground reportedly caused a manhole explosion in the 2000 block of Market Street, according to authorities. Some windows were reportedly broken.

Firefighters and the Philadelphia Electric Company (PECO) are on site trying to determine the cause of the fire.

No injuries have been reported at this time.

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  • Nancy Franco

    WAVES Wipeing up quite a storm, try to get a good nights rest could be very busy tomorrow. Keep your eyes and ears open and step lively folks.

  • Bill

    As a retired electrician of 47 years, I can tell You, the responsibility rides on the lack of maintenance.PECO just does not care. Let tragedy be our trouble shooter..

  • Katie & David

    We were walking a half a block away from the site when the explosion happened, we saw a flash and heard two loud bangs (that our eardrums are still ringing from), and turned around to see the manhole cover falling to the ground… But we didn’t notice that all of the windows on the front of the building had been blown out (!) until we walked by again. Good thing no one was on the street and that there was a fire station just around the corner!

    • pidge

      Which building? I work at One Commerce Square – 2005 Market Street. There’s also a building across the street being renovated.

      • AC

        Its the abandoned building across from commerce square. I live in the Murano and saw the manholes blow up into the air too. Now there is smoke coming out and some flashes of light underground.

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