Manhole cover explosions in Boston shatter window, injure woman – Boston News, Weather, Sports

BOSTON (WHDH) – Two manhole covers exploded during the morning commute in Boston, according to the city’s police department.

At 8:40 a.m. a call was received that the tarpaulins had exploded at the junction of Summer Street and High Street. Boston police officers were on hand to help with traffic control.

According to the Boston Fire Department, crews at 10 High St. near South Station responded to two manhole fires that shattered the building’s window. This building and federal highway 175 were evacuated due to high levels of carbon monoxide.

Firefighters used foam to fight back the underground flames.

According to Boston EMS, a woman was transported to Tufts Medical Center on an advanced life support ambulance for burn injuries, possibly from a steam burn.

A witness said she was “appalled” by the incident.

“Suddenly there was a loud bang and sparks shot out of the manhole cover,” she added.

She said she saw the injured woman, who was 5 or 10 feet from the blast, thrown to the ground.

Firefighters checked both buildings for carbon monoxide levels and had not yet determined the building to be habitable. The Boston Fire Chief added that the cover went “several feet” in the air. He also said the explosion could have been caused by the high energy consumption at the time, especially given the recent warm weather.

A similar incident took place on Boylston Street a few weeks ago.

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