Underground explosion prompts Massachusetts Avenue closure
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (March 16, 2015)– The Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD) says a blown transformer may have caused an underground fire along Massachusetts Avenue Monday night.
Fire shot up through vents on Mass. Ave. around 8:40 p.m., followed by smoke.
Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL) believes the explosion occurred in an underground vault which houses transformers.
A couple walking their dog tells CBS4 that the fire burnt the whiskers off of their pet.
IPL provided the following statement to CBS4:
At 8:42 PM IPL received a report of a possible underground network event in the 300 block of Massachusetts Avenue. IPL crews are on-scene and have reported that a primary oil chamber failed. The chamber is located within a vault. There was a report of a flash and loud bang when the event occurred. The area has been secured and IPL crews will continue to investigate the reason for the failure.