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Jun 15, 2013 2:22 AM by Robby Messer and Erika Flores

Underground explosion causes power outages

TUCSON - An underground explosion knocked out power to dozens in the downtown area Friday.

Tucson Fire reported receiving several 911 calls of an explosion on Congress Street just west of Stone Avenue. The first crew on the scene found an underground electrical vault with smoke coming out of it but no active fire. The metal grate that covered the vault was displaced approximately four feet.

Tucson Fire and Tucson Police crews quickly evacuated about 30 people from the block of West Congress Street between Stone Avenue and Church Avenue.

Tucson Electric Power (TEP) has isolated the power in the immediate area and is working on getting power restored. At this time Congress Street is closed from Sixth Avenue to Church Avenue and Stone Avenue is closed at Pennington Street. Tucson Police remains on scene to control traffic while TEP performs their operations. At this time it is unknown how long power will be out or road closures will be in effect.

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