‘Huge burst of flame’: Reported manhole explosion knocks out power in South Boston

BOSTON — A series of reported manhole explosions knocked out power to a portion of South Boston Wednesday night.

A gaping hole erupted on Dorchester Avenue before 10:00 p.m. Workers could be seen lingering around the smoking hole several feet wide.

According to the Eversource outage map, 196 customers were without power as of 10:15 p.m. Power is expected to be restored by 11:45 p.m.

“Like a bomb went off,” a South Boston resident told Boston 25. “Came outside, neighbors were here. They had said they called 911 because they saw smoke coming out of the manhole. Then they said a huge burst of flame came out and it exploded.”

Boston 25 is working to learn the cause of the apparent explosion.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

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