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By adamg - 2/11/19 - 1:35 pm

Boston firefighters are on Columbus Avenue in the area of Isabella Street, where two manholes exploded in flames around 1:25 p.m.

Jan reported hearing a "GIANT boom."

By adamg - 9/13/18 - 7:29 pm

Ed. note: Post updated with fact it was steam, not smoke from a fire.

The Cambridge Fire Department reports what appeared to be smoke was actually just steam from a manhole at Land Boulevard and the Monsignor O'Brien Highway shortly after 7 p.m.

Still, police shut the roads down by the Museum of Science as a precaution until firefighters could confirm that.

By adamg - 8/23/18 - 11:36 pm

At D and West 1st streets shortly after 11 p.m., at least two and possibly three (photo of one explosion). Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/18 - 11:14 pm

Matthew Gregoire surveys the scene at North Marginal and Cooper streets.

By adamg - 7/5/18 - 8:36 pm
Smoking manhole in Back Bay

Harry Grillo reports Boston firefighters are outside the BPL's Boylston Street entrance, where a manhole began getting all nasty around 8:30 p.m.

Alexandra Zafris reports: Read more.

By adamg - 12/10/17 - 9:29 am
Smoking Lake Street manhole

KMV shows us one of the three manholes on Lake Street that burst into flames shortly before 8 a.m.

UPDATE: Greater Boston Radio reports inspectors cleared the three manholes and ordered the power back on - and three manholes one street over promptly blew up.

By adamg - 9/27/17 - 10:05 pm

The Cambridge Fire Department reports a manhole at Cambridge and Tremont streets exploded around 8:50 p.m.

Inman Square went dark.

Eversource reports it hopes to have power restored by 10:45 p.m.

By adamg - 7/11/17 - 8:32 pm

Firefighters and utility crews are at Tremont and Parrker streets, where a manhole burst into flames around 8 p.m. Tremont was shut in both directions.

By adamg - 4/7/17 - 2:01 pm

No injuries, but several businesses along Centre Street near the Bank of America parking lot lost power when the manhole lost its top, Ted Cooper reports.

By adamg - 4/2/17 - 12:18 pm

Shortly before 11 a.m., in the area of Cambridge and New Sudbury streets. WCVB reports several manhole explosions.

Ted Folkman reports:

Just saw a manhole cover explode right outside the JFK building, and loud boom. Smoke billowing out!

Video from WHDH.

By adamg - 12/18/16 - 5:21 pm

WBZ reports the Malden Fire Department is investigating what made at least four manholes explode today.

By adamg - 7/3/16 - 4:16 pm

Firefighters are at Summer and High streets for a manhole that belched fire and smoke.

By adamg - 7/2/16 - 7:31 pm

A manhole that burst into flames around 4 p.m. in Cleary Square knocked out power up down River Street and Fairmount Avenue. Eversource estimates the power will be back by 9.

By adamg - 7/20/15 - 9:36 pm
Manhole of doom in Jamaica Plain

Fire in the hole! The scene on Parkton. Photo by Alex Carlson.

Alex Carlson reports a fire in a manhole on Parkton Road shortly after 9 p.m. was followed rather quickly by people losing power between the MSPCA and the Jamaicaway.

By adamg - 6/11/13 - 4:27 pm

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".

By adamg - 6/9/13 - 8:48 pm

"Manhole blown off with smoke pouring out," D. Matt Brothers reports.

By adamg - 5/31/13 - 7:49 pm

Stanley Staco reports multiple manholes exploded around 7 p.m. in the area of D Street and West Broadway. NStar estimates 11 p.m. for power restoration

By adamg - 3/8/13 - 12:46 pm

Cambridge Police report neighboring businesses were evacuated as a precaution but that there were no injuries.

By adamg - 3/2/13 - 1:10 pm

Matthew Wilding reports a harrowing experience around 12:45 p.m.:

I just almost died when a manhole blew off on Washington st. In front of Dragon Chef.

He reports both he and dog are fine; they were clear when it blew.

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