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Multiple underground explosions close parts of Broad Street

WTVR.com

Manhole covers blown off, smoke seen rising from manholes downtown. PHOTO: Shawn OConnell

RICHMOND, Va. — Richmond Fire Department and police officers had to shut down Broad street near the Marriott Hotel at Broad and 5th Streets, after multiple explosions.

Officials said that around 10:30 p.m. approximately six manhole covers were blown off within a two-block area. One manhole cover was broken in half.

An underground power line caught fire causing the explosions.  Representatives from the Department of Public Utilities, along with Dominion Power, were on scene. After officials determined there was a large scale wiring issue underground, Dominion began work on repairs.

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The hotel manager called the fire department after seeing smoke from the manhole.

Broad Street between 2nd and 7th Streets was closed for an hour, to cars and pedestrian traffic.

Police are still blocking the area around 5th and Broad while crews make repairs.

That area will…

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