Smoke, explosions from manhole investigated in Bluefield

Published: May. 27, 2020 at 2:37 PM EDT
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Buildings in a southern West Virginia town were evacuated Wednesday after smoke and several explosions erupted from a manhole.

No injuries were reported.

Bluefield Fire Lt. Robbie Stevenson says after fire crews went to the scene to investigation the first explosion, a second explosion occurred in the manhole, and a third happened after local buildings were evacuated.

News outlets report American Electric Power crews were called to investigate the power supply running from the manhole, while a gas company was summoned to check on a line running nearby. The explosions are under investigation.