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Manhole cover sent flying by blast is caught on video

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Authorities say an underground electrical fire is being blamed for an explosion that sent a manhole cover flying more than 200 feet above a Buffalo street in a blast that was captured by a television news photographer.

WGRZ-TV reports (http://on.wgrz.com/1cnMZuL ) that the fire was reported around 11:30 a.m. Sunday on Tupper Street in downtown Buffalo.

Police evacuated two buildings as smoke poured out of manholes. A Buffalo Fire Department official says the second of three explosions sent one of the manholes 200 to 300 feet into the air.

A WGRZ photojournalist was interviewing a man on the street when the second blast occurred about a half-block behind him. The video shows the manhole cover flying high into the air as the man yells “Heads-up!” several times.

The cover landed near a  and a utility truck. No one was injured.

Information from: WGRZ-TVhttp://www.wgrz.com

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