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Underground explosion

April 5, 2013
Minot Daily News
Flint McColgan/MDN
Street lights and homes were without power along Sixth Avenue Northeast early Thursday evening, following the explosion of underground powerlines near that street’s intersection with Eighth Street Northeast. Eyewitnesses at first thought a van going by had back-fired before what one man described as a “mushroom cloud” explosion and fire erupted from the ground, forming a hole and shaking the street where he stood just a few yards away. Minot Fire Department Captain Taylor explained that an underground powerline “arced-out,” meaning that “there was a fault in the line and then somehow the electricity jumped from one wire to the another.” Although 8,000 volts were traveling through the line, there is no cause for concern and Xcel Energy workers were on the scene soon after the incident.


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