Cable malfunction causes underground explosion in downtown Utica

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Those working in the downtown Utica area on Friday reported hearing a loud boom around noon time when an underground cable exploded.

National Grid crews were working about 100 yards away at the time and when they ran up to Elizabeth Street, saw smoke coming from the manhole covers.

Officials said one of the cables connected to an electrical vault malfunctioned, but was designed to burn itself out so it doesn't cause a fire.

"The cable is part of the network that feeds the city," said Dan Darjany of National Grid. "There are several feeds going into, so with this one out, it's not going to affect it."

No one was injured and parts of the sidewalk and road where the two manhole covers will remain closed while crews replace the cable.

National Grid estimates work to be completed by Saturday afternoon.

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