Underground explosion sends manhole covers flying

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ATLANTA — Utility crews are descending beneath downtown Atlanta in an effort to find out what caused an underground explosion that shot manhole covers into the air.

Witnesses reported that several manhole covers downtown were launched at least six feet around 7 p.m. Monday night. No injuries were reported.

WSB-TV reports that Georgia Power crews Tuesday morning were trying to cut power to some buildings so workers can reach an underground vault in an effort to determine what caused the explosion.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the blast temporarily shut down Peachtree Street between Mitchell and Alabama streets and Martin Luther King Jr. Drive between Pryor and Spring streets. All of the streets had reopened by Tuesday morning.

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seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/19/13 - 08:37 am
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OOh Great

Just what we need...not!

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 02/19/13 - 09:20 am
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Firecrackers?

Couldn't one do this with a carefully-tossed firecracker?

dichotomy
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dichotomy 02/19/13 - 09:34 am
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"Couldn't one do this with a

"Couldn't one do this with a carefully-tossed firecracker?"

Only if you tossed it into a pocket of gas that happened to be just laying around.

Possibly methane or a natural gas leak set off by an electrical spark.......or some creative person has set up their meth lab in the sewers.

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soapy_725 02/19/13 - 09:49 am
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Storm drains and sanitary sewers mixed together.
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Atlanta has this problem. The future of ARC? Be afraid, be very afraid.

Meanwhile, two traffic lights are out in downtown Wadley. Authorities are investigating.

Hilltonia Police Chief seeks 16% pay raise and a new car.

Lakeside Diner in Waynesboro remains open despite Obama policies.

Updates at 6pm.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 02/19/13 - 09:58 am
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kasim
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reed and his crew blowing more smoke up Atlantan's derrieres.

itsanotherday1
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itsanotherday1 02/19/13 - 10:40 am
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I would not put it past them

I would not put it past them for the latter, LOL.

Adam Bomb
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Adam Bomb 02/19/13 - 11:32 am
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Boom!

Many years ago while on vacation in Honolulu we were riding a city bus when a manhole exploded directly under the bus. The manhole cover came through the floor and went out through the roof. Luckily no one was killed but a change of britches was in order for everyone aboard. Termites chewing insulation on the power lines caused that one.

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Willow Bailey 02/19/13 - 03:58 pm
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One of the things you never

One of the things you never imagined you'd say....
Welcome Adam Bomb. I think you are going to be fun.

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