At 3:39 p.m., David Ziegler-Voll tweeted:
Holy shit just saw 10 ft flames and smoke shoot out of a manhole cover on Atlantic Ave. across from South Station
Dale Cruse then added:
My girlfriend at S. Station said manhole cover smoked and exploded. Fire shot out while homeless man watched, like, "ain't no thang".
"Manhole blown off with smoke pouring out," D. Matt Brothers reports.
Cambridge Police report neighboring businesses were evacuated as a precaution but that there were no injuries.
First around 9:15 at Tremont and Park and then around 11:25 at Dartmouth and Newbury.
A manhole fire right at Brighton and Harvard avenues has caused power outages in the area. The city is also urging motorists to avoid the area, unless they like sitting in gridlock.
SATURDAY MORNING UPDATE: Fire must've done some major damage. A resident of the area around Wood Avenue in Hyde Park reports NStar told her power wouldn't be restored until 2 p.m.
A manhole on Cummins Highway near the Stop & Shop entrance burst into flames around 10:15 p.m., taking down with it power along Hyde Park Avenue between roughly Cummins Highway and American Legion Highway.
North End Patch reports nobody was injured when manhole covers on Richmond, North and Cross streets began ascending skyward as if moved by an occult hand around 3 p.m.
At least three manholes along Huntington Ave. exploded this afternoon, sending literal shudders through the nearby 101 Huntington, which has lapsed in and out of electrical service today.
At 3:46, Bonnie O. tweeted:
Why did we just hear and feel an explosion outside from inside 101 Huntington? Fire trucks outside near Marriott.
Power is out along Warren Street from at least Montrose Street to Elm Hill Avenue, where firefighters responded to a report of a flaming manhole shortly before 9 a.m.
Boston Police tweet manholes exploded this morning at Joy Street and both Mt. Vernon and Pinckney streets.
The Boston Fire Department is being kept busy this evening responding to multiple reports of manhole and power-line issues as overloaded lines give out under all the demand and heat.