Crews continued repairs underground in downtown Atlanta on Tuesday after an explosion launched manhole covers into the air, knocking out power to businesses in the area on Monday night.
It happened along Broad Street, near Peachtree Street. Georgia Power says the explosion was caused by cables catching fire in an underground electrical vault. Police say at least five manhole covers were sent flying, and those covers weigh 425 pounds each. No one was injured.
"I came out and heard a real big boom, and people started running out of the stores and running around and everything, trying to figure out what the noise was," said witness Jimmy Coleman on Monday night.
Power crews worked underneath the street on Tuesday to fix the cables that were damaged by the fire.
Georgia Power officials say there are up to 10 businesses in the immediate area that remain without power. They expect all power to be restored to those businesses on Tuesday evening.
Crews still are not sure what caused the cables to catch fire, and they say work will continue underground throughout the week.
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