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Los Angeles manhole explosion injures three

18 May 2015

On May 15, an underground electrical vault explosion in the Los Angeles suburb of Northridge launched a steel manhole cover into a car, injuring three people, city officials reported. Local media quoted a Los Angeles Police Department spokesman as saying that pressure from the underground explosion blew the manhole cover into the air.

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It then struck one vehicle and bounced off onto another where it crashed through the windshield and landed between the driver and a passenger.

A Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said the three in the second car were taken to hospital with non life-threatening injuries, mainly cuts from flying glass, adding that they were fortunate the manhole cover did not land on any of them. An investigation will be held into the incident, the LAFD spokesman said.

Local media reported that the LA Department of Water and Power has been working to replace old distribution equipment in its underground vaults.

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