PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Police confirm that an underground fire triggered and explosion late Sunday afternoon in Center City.
This happened just before 5 p.m. at 15th and Locust Streets.READ MORE: What We Know About 17-Year-Old Latif Williams, Wanted For Murder Of Temple Student Samuel Collington
Police say a fire had sparked the electrical wiring right underneath the street, resulting in flames and smoke. An explosion then blew off a manhole cover, which shocked those walking by:
“Right after the explosions happened, everyone started running by,” nearby worker Kyle Sormilich tells CBs 3 Eyewitness News. “You could see fire, you could see smoke, people started clearing the area right away.”READ MORE: Brotherly Love: For Nearly 50 Years, Musicopia Giving Philadelphia Children Gift Of Music
No injuries were reported and crews quickly placed the fire under control.
Some residents and buildings on the 1500 block of Locust Street had to be evacuated. Officials said their main concern was the spread of carbon monoxide.
PECO says a smoldering underground cable is to blame for the initial fire.MORE NEWS: Trevor Noah To Host 'The 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards' On CBS
Bomb squad units were also on the scene earlier in the day as a precaution.