Steam leak prompts downtown manhole cover to blow off

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– It was a spectacular scene downtown Wednesday morning, as a Citizens Energy Group manhole cover blew, sending clouds of steam into the air over Meridian Street.

Citizens Energy reports that an imbalance in steam pressure caused a line to rupture, blasting off the lid and leaving white clouds of steam to billow for approximately 20 minutes.

No drivers or pedestrians were injured, but a utility employee hurt.

“We did have one of our workers injured in the manhole,” said Citizens Energy spokesperson Sarah Holsapple. “He was trying to do some work inside the manhole and it’s a very tight area with some small quarters and he stepped into some area of the manhole and suffered first and second degree burns.”

Service was restored to downtown customers within a couple hours.

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