Faulty cable leads to underground explosions on Sunday


by WHAS11


Posted on March 25, 2013 at 7:13 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 25 at 7:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Fortunately there was no injuries this weekend when several explosions sent manholes flying into the air downtown.

A malfunction underground led to smoke filling downtown Louisville skies.

“We had a fault in one of the cables and that produced a brief fir, however we were able to take care of the situation pretty quickly,” Brian Phillips, with LG&E, said.

Not one, but four explosions shock 7th and Jefferson, this woman was at a stop light when she felt one blast.

“It was startling. It was not something I was expecting because it looked like a planned explosion. I was confused as to why I could get that close to the manhole. I was just thankful that it did not shoot up my way,” Kristin Birkhold, witnessed explosion, said.

Last February, a similar malfunction caused another explosion ending with flames coming through manholes. That explosion in 2012 shut down Market Street overnight. 

LG&E officials say the two malfunctions are no way connected, and the public should not be concerned.

Tonight, work is still being done to repair damage from the weekend.

“We hope to not completely close the street, but we may have to close one lane at a time in order to do some of that work this week,” Phillips said.

WHAS11's Brittany Gonzalez has more on what caused the chaos.