‘Multiple’ manhole explosions near MGH rocked Beacon Hill, no injuries reported

BOSTON — Emergency crews responded to manhole explosions and fires in the area of Mass. General Hospital on Tuesday afternoon.

Boston Fire says the call came in around 3:15 p.m. for smoke coming from manholes on Charles Street. The fire chief tells Boston 25 News there were two manhole explosions, reaching 30-feet high, and one of the covers hit the train overpass.

According to Boston Fire, the ground in the area buckled. Authorities blocked off the area while crews worked to secure the scene.

A spokesperson for Eversource told Boston 25 News an electrical failure underground caused the explosions.

Soon after, the MBTA tweeted the Red Line had been bypassing the Charles/MGH T station. Shuttle buses were put in place for a brief time, but regular Red Line service resumed a couple of hours later.

Video shared with Boston 25 News shows smoke coming from manholes near MGH.

“[It was] a complete combustion,” said Ashley Inman, who lives in the area. “Top blew off, big ball of fire.”

Mass. General Hospital tells us the situation did not impact the hospital at all and they continued to operate as normal.

No injuries were reported and the area has since been reopened to the public.

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