Small Manhole Explosion Knocks out Power to Some SF Customers

Friday, Apr 5, 2013  |  Updated 5:51 PM PDT
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Small Manhole Explosion Knocks out Power to Some SF Customers

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A small explosion sent a 150-pound manhole cover flying, and ultimately knocking the back bumper off a moving car, before hitting the street. (April 5, 2013)

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It could have been disastrous.  A manhole cover blasted into the air in San Francisco in the Financial District. Pacific Gas & Electric says a broken electrical wire is to blame.

It happened Friday around 11:30 a.m. on Bush near Stockton. An underground electrical wire separated, setting-off the small explosion.

That sent a 150-pound manhole cover flying, and ultimately knocking the back bumper off a moving car, before hitting the street.

The explosion temporarily knocked out power to 1,300 customers.  PG&E restored power around 2 p.m.

The utility says it is still trying to determine why the wire failed.

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