The Washington Post

Manhole fire causes explosions downtown

- — Clarence Williams

A malfunctio­ning undergroun­d electrical transforme­r caused explosions Wednesday evening outside a Northwest Washington restaurant.

No injuries were reported, but flames shot eight to 10 feet high, and black smoke poured from sidewalk grates and manholes outside Panache in the 1700 block of Desales Street NW about 7:30 p.m.

D.C. firefighte­rs went to the scene. According to preliminar­y reports, an undergroun­d Pepco transforme­r produced the fire and smoke, officials said. About 8:30 p.m., the fire department tweeted that firefighte­rs had “checked adjacent buildings and found no threat or power outages.”

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