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Video: Boston FFs battle flames after manhole explosions

Witnesses said the blasts sent manhole covers flying 30 feet into the air


By Laura French

BOSTON — Firefighters used foam to extinguish several fires after two manholes exploded in Boston on Tuesday.

Photos and video showed flames shooting from manholes and firefighters working to control the blazes. According to CBS Boston, firefighters applied foam after consulting with energy company Eversource, which said the blasts were caused by equipment failures.

Witnesses reported that manhole covers were sent flying 30 feet in the air from the explosions. The blasts occurred in an area near a train station and hospital, but traffic was low due to the national COVID-19 emergency and no injuries were reported. The hospital said road closures did not impact operations.

The Boston Fire Department wrote on Twitter that they initially received the call at 3:15 p.m. for smoke coming out of several manholes, and that surrounding buildings were checked for smoke after the initial flames were extinguished.