Water main break caused manhole explosion in Springfield

Hampden County

A water main break caused an electrical explosion in a manhole on Bridge Street in Springfield Wednesday morning.

The water main break happened overnight in the area of Bridge Street and Stearns Square.

Springfield Fire Department spokesman Dennis Leger told 22News cascading water from the water main break got into the manhole near 250 Bridge Street, causing an electrical explosion.

Leger said the explosion caused several windows to break on Bridge Street.

“This hole had a lot of switching down there, so there are larger amounts of wire down there, the water gets in, the negative crosses with the positive and sometimes there’s an arch and sometimes the arches are more violent than others,” said Leger.

Our 22News crew was there when the manhole exploded just before 6:30 a.m. The explosion blew the manhole cover about 20 feet in the air and produced a fireball.

After the initial blast, our 22News crew saw about 10 smaller explosions from the manhole. By 8:10 a.m., there was no more smoke coming from the hole anymore.

Leger said there were no injuries reported.

Bridge Street is closed between Dwight Street and Main Street while the water department, Eversource, and the Springfield Fire Department continue to work in the area.

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