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2 workers seriously injured in Boston manhole explosion


The Boston Fire Department says two workers were injured in a manhole explosion that happened in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood.Fire officials said the explosion happened Tuesday evening across from 37 Bowdoin St., which is the address for Grotto restaurant.According to the fire department , both workers are employed by Eversource and were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital by Boston Emergency Medical Services. Boston police said at least one of those workers suffered serious injuries. Colin A. Young of the State House News Service, a WCVB media partner, said an incident on Bowdoin Street drew emergency responders to the area at about 5:55 pm Tuesday. Young said loud noises were followed by smoke billowing from a manhole. Witnesses said they heard up to a dozen booms and one said they heard what sounded like very loud jack hammering while walking up the street.”I heard a guy screaming and this really big plume of brown smoke came up out of what looked like a square manhole,” that witness said. Another witness said they saw an Eversource worker covered in burns exit the manhole with charred clothes. Multiple police cruisers and Boston Fire Department vehicles responded to Bowdoin Street after receiving reports of a manhole explosion. At least one Eversource Energy vehicle was also spotted at the scene. In a statement, an Eversource spokesperson said the company did have a crew performing routine maintenance on a piece of underground equipment in the area. The company said there are currently no associated power outages.

The Boston Fire Department says two workers were injured in a manhole explosion that happened in the city’s Beacon Hill neighborhood.

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Fire officials said the explosion happened Tuesday evening across from 37 Bowdoin St., which is the address for Grotto restaurant.

According to the fire department, both workers are employed by Eversource and were transported to Massachusetts General Hospital by Boston Emergency Medical Services.

Boston police said at least one of those workers suffered serious injuries.

Colin A. Young of the State House News Service, a WCVB media partner, said an incident on Bowdoin Street drew emergency responders to the area at about 5:55 pm Tuesday.

Young said loud noises were followed by smoke billowing from a manhole.

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Witnesses said they heard up to a dozen booms and one said they heard what sounded like very loud jack hammering while walking up the street.

“I heard a guy screaming and this really big plume of brown smoke came up out of what looked like a square manhole,” that witness said.

Another witness said they saw an Eversource worker covered in burns exiting the manhole with charred clothes.

Multiple police cruisers and Boston Fire Department vehicles responded to Bowdoin Street after receiving reports of a manhole explosion. At least one Eversource Energy vehicle was also spotted at the scene.

In a statement, an Eversource spokesperson said the company did have a crew performing routine maintenance on a piece of underground equipment in the area. The company said there are currently no associated power outages.

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