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Manholes Spout Fire in Downtown Omaha
Electrical fire causes underground explosions
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 28, 2013 7:03 PM CST
Manhole covers blow their lids during a series of explosions in downtown Omaha last night.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Talk about pyrotechnics: Several manhole covers in downtown Omaha popped their lids and spouted fire last night after an electrical blaze caused underground explosions, Gawker reports. What's more, a local resident somehow snapped a photo of the moment. Omaha public workers were still trying to restore power downtown this morning, when about 100 people had no electricity. At its worst, the blackout left nearly 3,000 customers in the dark, reports WOWT-TV.

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HANKHILL
Jan 29, 2013 2:40 PM CST
wow wish i was there to see that!!!!!!!!!!!
Mr.LarryG.
Jan 29, 2013 1:08 PM CST
actually, this can happen anywhere,,,it is a reason that we do need to fix our infrastructure,,,,our city took xrays of our downtown area streets recently and found that sinkholes and washed out caverns prevail underground there,,,,water , gas, and sewer pipes are literally hanging in mid air with little support,,,,we have already had a few gas explosions and deaths because of this problem....
Bill Inaz
Jan 29, 2013 12:38 PM CST
Men and their holes!!!