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Explosion rocks downtown Glens Falls; buildings evacuated

Thursday, October 11, 2012
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— Authorities say an underground explosion has damaged several buildings in Glens Falls, but no injuries are reported.

Fire officials tell the Post-Star that the explosion occurred at 6:45 a.m. today. Police and witnesses report seeing flames shooting several feet from manholes on downtown streets, where residents reported feeling their buildings being rattled by the blast.

Officials believe the blast was caused by an underground transformer that exploded.

Several businesses and apartments have been evacuated. Fire officials say several buildings had basement damage from the force of the explosions, and some streets are closed.

A National Grid utility crew was checking to see what caused the blast.

 
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